IN a bid to bypass the Telecom-controlled local loop, telco challenger Callplus has undertaken its first WiMAX trial.
While the company wants to keep details of the trial under wraps it has confirmed up to 50 residential customers are participating in the Kaikohe trial.
“The whole point of a trial is testing and learning about the technology and customer experience prior to a full launch,” says Malcolm Dick, Callplus executive director and co-founder.
Dick says early indications have exceeded his expectations, however he wants to have an extended trial in a real environment before moving to the next stage.
He says his company is excited by the potential of WiMAX technology and believes a new era in local-loop bypass has emerged.
“New Zealand has been left behind by lack of competition in the market and the availability of low-cost, high-speed data connections.”
Dick adds the latest WiMAX standards are capable of performance and quality equal to copper-based ADSL.
“The ability to deliver full-quality voice services and the potential for broadband speeds up to 50Mbit/s in both directions make it pretty compelling.”
Callplus anticipates the trial will extend to other regions in the first quarter of 2006.