Speednet was a multidimensional platform for a high-speed Internet field test on the basis of ADSL.
The Ars Electronica Center provided the multidimensional platform for a high-speed Internet field test conducted on the basis of ADSL (Asymetrical Digital Subscriber Line) technology in collaboration with Post & Telekom Austria AG, ORF Upper Austria and Kapsch AG.
Special modems from Kapsch AG provided for fast downloads and the transfer of broadband data such as video or music files. The transfer speed to the recipient was at least 2 Mbit/sec, and was thus 50 times faster than modem connections conventionally in use in 1998.
The Ars Electronica Futurelab developed prototype interfaces for them that provided access to the content delivered by the other collaborating partners. In addition, the Ars Electronica Futurelab produced videos, live transmissions, and network projects that were presented in conjunction with the European Month of Culture 1998 and Ars Electronica 98.
Besides the on-demand offerings of music and videos, a selection of online games was also available. To provide this feature, the Ars Electronica Futurelab set up a dedicated game server that also made it possible to exploit other opportunities of broadband data transfer.