Echo Cancellation for Full-Duplex Modems

  • Steven A. Tretter
Part of the Applications of Communications Theory book series (ACTH)


An important relatively recent advance in the design of high speed voice-band telephone line modems for the dial network was the introduction of echo cancellers to achieve full-duplex data transmission over 2-wire circuits. This technique was studied in the early 1980’s and then widely introduced in commercial products in the mid 1980’s, when the CCITT V.32 recommendation for a 9600 bps modem was approved. A few years later, the V.32bis recommendation for 14.4 kbps modems was approved, and the V.34 recommendation for rates up to 28.8 kbps was approved in June 1994. These also use echo cancellers. Echo cancellers are also used in high-speed digital subscriber lines at data rates of 64 kbps or more. They were used with analog voice transmission to eliminate annoying talker echo prior to the inclusion in digital data modems. The voice echo cancellers are placed at different points in the telephone circuit than the ones for data transmission, and are disabled during data transmission by a special signal in the modem handshake sequence. The technique is also used in speaker phones to eliminate annoying reflections back to the far end talker.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven A. Tretter
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  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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