On the frontier: after years of waiting for DSL doors to open, Westell is opening a few itself. (digital subscriber line; Westell Technologies)

After years of waiting for doors to open, Westell is opening a few itself

Aurora, Ill., has never been a suburb of Chicago. Though it's often called a suburb, Aurora - with nothing but prairie to the west - has always been a frontier town. Suburban sprawl just happens to have caught up with it.

The same could be said of Westell Technologies, the Aurora-based digital subscriber line manufacturer that sat virtually alone on the DSL frontier for so many years. Now, the rest of the DSL market is catching up, with a sense of commercial reality finally latching onto this long-debated technology.

Gary Seamans, chairman and chief executive officer of Westell, is the first to admit that asymmetrical DSL took a fickle and circuitous path to commercial deployment. …

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