Pace Lands Canadian DSL ITV Deal


Canadian telco SaskTel is buying into Pace Micro Technology plc's 'DSL4000'
home gateways to roll out an Internet-protocol-based digital
interactive-television service.

The box, which works with digital-subscriber-line connections, will be
offered to SaskTel's 450,000 residential and business customers in the province
of Saskatchewan.

The interactive service will offer high-speed Internet access and Web
browsing, electronic mail, TV service, pay-per-view, video-on-demand movies and
an interactive TV guide.

The system will also allow customers to view multiple TV channels on set-top
boxes throughout the household.

'The market for IP-based services is real and tangible for industry-leading
telcos, such as SaskTel, which are capitalizing on their existing networks by
offering additional services to customers that reach far beyond high-speed
access,' said Andrew Clifforth, managing director of Pace's IP TV division, in a
prepared statement.

'With the DSL4000, SaskTel can generate new revenue streams and satisfy its
growing customer demand for powerful, enhanced interactive-TV solutions,' he