New Zealand hosts global wireless broadband summit

New Zealand hosts global wireless broadband summit

When it comes to broadband it’s hard to imagine New Zealand could possibly be world leading.

However, earlier this month a veritable United Nations of wireless broadband networks gathered in Auckland for the fourth global UMTS TDD alliance summit — and all were unanimous in praising the groundbreaking work of Woosh.

UMTS TDD is an industry standard for next-generation wireless broadband and seen by many as a lower-cost and less-risky alternative to WiMAX.

In August Woosh launched the first wireless VoIP service in the world and now other countries, including Japan, South Africa and the UK, want to learn from the New Zealand company.

Chris Gilbert, CEO IPWireless, says Woosh has been at the leading edge of technology. “Every new feature my engineers have produced Woosh has installed. It has done unbelievably well in the market and even managed to shock the incumbent telco,” he says.

Gilbert describes the potential of wireless broadband as extremely versatile and says he is looking to bring in more mobile operators.

The UMTS TDD alliance was established two years ago with a handful of vendors and has grown to over 45 members.

Sandra Geange, Woosh general manager sales and marketing, says it was a rewarding experience hosting over 80 delegates from over 25 countries.

“It was invaluable for making contacts and sharing our experiences. Now we know these people on a personal level and can bounce ideas off them and learn about the different channels they are using,” she says.

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