November 15, 2004
BellSouth will begin shipment of Westell’s ProLine remotely-manageable high-speed broadband DSL modem to its BellSouth FastAccess DSL subscribers beginning in December 2004.
Westell Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ:WSTL) announced today a new broadband supplier contract award from BellSouth (NYSE:BLS) under which Westell extends the supplier relationship that has been in place for several years. Westell has supported the growth of BellSouth’s FastAccess DSL service to more than 1.8 million customers as BellSouth’s primary CPE supplier since 2002.
Currently, BellSouth offers BellSouth FastAccess DSL for both consumer and business customers featuring a variety of speeds, with a fastest mass market service having downstream connection speeds of up to 3.0Mbps. Westell’s ProLine is based on Texas Instruments’ AR7 chip designed to support ADSL2+, which enables higher-bandwidth applications such as multiple real-time video streams and video on demand.
ProLine is based on the DSL Forum’s Technical Report TR-069 specification enabling remote management of the modem. It is designed to reduce service providers’ operating costs associated with truck rolls and service center agents’ talk time because of its remote manageability and software upgradeability.