SOURCE: Actiontec Electronics

June 16, 2008 08:35 ET

Actiontec Unveils Environmentally Friendly DSL Modem at NXTcomm08

New GT701D DSL Modem Features an ENERGY STAR Adapter, Recycled Packaging, and Small Footprint -- Giving DSL Consumers the Ability to Reduce Electrical Bills and Protect the Environment

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Actiontec Electronics today introduced a way to make home networking greener with the launch of an environmentally friendly DSL modem. The new GT701D USB/Ethernet DSL Modem with Routing Capabilities offers several key elements to reduce its environmental impact -- from an ENERGY STAR rated power adapter to recycled packaging and lowered waste in the supply chain.

With its superior energy efficiency, the GT701D DSL Modem helps consumers save money on their electricity bill while protecting the environment through fewer harmful emissions from power plants. Its power adapter earned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s ENERGY STAR rating, signifying that it uses at least 30% less energy than modems with conventional power adapters.

The EPA first created the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 to provide cost-effective energy efficient solutions for the home and workplace. Today, the program encompasses more than 35 product categories, including external power adapters. According to EPA statistics, there are as many as 1.5 billion small electronic devices with external power adapters in the U.S. -- accounting for approximately 11% of the national electric bill.

"With rising energy costs and the growing awareness of the impact of global climate change, there's a strong demand for energy efficient products. According to a 2007 survey commissioned by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, more than 70% of households reported being favorably influenced by the ENERGY STAR label. And 80% of these households said they were likely to recommend these products to their friends," said Brian Henrichs, Actiontec Vice President of Business Development.

"By integrating our leading DSL modem technology with an energy efficient design, the GT701D makes it easy for consumers to bring energy efficiency to their home networks and do their part to help combat greenhouse emissions, environmental pollution, and climate change," Henrichs added.

The energy efficient modem also features a small footprint that helps minimize its environmental impact -- with less energy consumed and fewer materials, packaging, and waste produced at each stage of the supply chain. And recycled packaging further helps reduce waste and deforestation.

The GT701D combines a full-rate ADSL2/2+ modem with a router capable of networking two computers via wired ports, or more through a switch or hub. Support for the ADSL2/2+ standard can triple the available bandwidth from 8 Mbps to 24 Mbps -- giving bandwidth-hungry consumers the speed needed to enjoy fast downloads, online entertainment, high quality video streams, and online gaming.

Actiontec will showcase its green modem, along with other broadband-connectivity solutions, at NXTcomm08 from June 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth MSL10126.

About Actiontec Electronics

Actiontec Electronics develops broadband connectivity and broadband-powered solutions that simplify and enrich the digital life -- delivering a unified experience that encompasses communications, entertainment, home management, and more. Actiontec offerings range from the market's broadest selection of IPTV-capable broadband home gateways for bringing IP-based video services into the home, to DSL modems, wireless networking devices, routers and digital entertainment devices. The company's carrier-class products are easy to install, manage, and use, and are sold through retail channels and broadband service providers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, call 408-752-7700 or visit

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