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PacketFront Sings New DSL Tune

Swedish startup PacketFront AB today announced that it's extended its Ethernet-based broadband infrastructure portfolio of products to work over copper as well as fiber (see PacketFront Launches VDSL Products).

In itself, the announcement isn't that amazing. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), the market leader, announced much the same thing a couple of weeks ago (see Cisco Intros VDSL Switch). However, it's worth taking a closer look on a couple of counts.

First, the announcement marks a change of tune for PacketFront. Last October, CEO Martin Thunman dismissed DSL as not genuine broadband because it couldn't handle 25 Mbit/s (see PacketFront: Too Good to be True?).

Now Michael Engström, PacketFront's VP of business development, says DSL is genuinely wonderful because it will almost double the company's potential market.

Get the whole Singspiel on Boardwatch.

— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading

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