Technical Terms and Definitions

HDSL - Telecommunications

The earliest variation of DSL to be widely used has been HDSL (High bit-rate DSL) which is used for wideband digital transmission within a corporate site and between the telephone company and a customer. The main characteristic of HDSL is that it is symmetrical: an equal amount of bandwidth is available in both directions. For this reason, the maximum data rate is lower than for ADSL. HDSL can carry as much on a single wire of twisted-pair as can be carried on a T1 line in North America or an E1 line in Europe (2,320 Kbps). HDSL can be deployed over standard UTP at distances of up to 12,000 ft on 24 guage wire and up to 9,000 ft on 22 guage wire.