Wholesale wireless broadband provider, Personal Broadband Australia (PBA), has announced two new channel partners for its iBurst service and plans to extend its network across 500 square kilometres of Sydney by August.
PBA said its new partners, VirTel and Chilli Internet solutions, will use the iBurst service to provide wireless applications such as mobile security and VoIP, as well as integrate Wi-Fi devices with the iBurst wireless LAN network.
PBA marketing director, John Filmer, said the company is aiming to have 15-20 wholesale channel partners in total for iBurst, ranging from full service carriers to vertical market and niche providers.
“Many of these channel partners will have a range of resellers and retailers themselves,” he said. “PBA is keen to exploit the capabilities of iBurst in a whole range of device and system-based solutions.”
The iBurst service is now being offered by seven Internet service operators including Veritel, SecureTel, and Techex Solutions.
iBurst consortium partner and network trial participant, OzEmail, is also on track to commence a wireless broadband service based on the iBurst network from September.
An OzEmail spokesperson said the ISP intends to offer similar plans for its wireless service to those currently offered across its ADSL broadband plans.
“We don’t believe wireless will necessarily cost much more than our current DSL pricing with a similar structure,” the spokesperson said.
OzEmail is also in negotiations with several other wireless players and will announce new alliances in the coming months, the spokesperson said.
The iBurst network is currently based in Sydney. According to the company, coverage will be bolstered by the introduction of 25 new base stations in the Sydney area by September. PBA said it will also extend the iBurst network into Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Canberra through existing partners and new recruits by September.