iBurst goes West

Businesses in Adelaide and Perth can expect to see Personal Broadband Australia's fast wireless Internet service sometime in spring.

By extending its business grade iBurst service, the company now has all the major capital cities of Australia, except Darwin and Hobart, covered.

"We have spectrum allocation in Hobart and Darwin," said Jonathon Withers, PBA's CEO. At this stage, there were no real plans to move into those areas. "It is very much market driven," he said.

Withers was reluctant to give an exact starting date for the services in the new areas.

"Site building is fraught with delays," he said. Typically, the hold ups are with landlords and securing sites rather than any technological issue.

With luck, a site can take only three months to set up. Otherwise, it can be as long as two years, as the company has already experienced.

PBA has about 20 partners that resell the iBurst network to end-users including Big Air, People Telecom and Optus. It also works with mass merchant retailers Harvey Norman, Bing Lee and Dick Smith.

Withers said the service would be sold by the existing players and by local players such as regional ISPs. The company is presently in talks with some of them.

PBA's iBurst delivers internet download speeds of up to 1Mbps. The service is targeted more towards small business than the home user. It also has appeal to transitory business such as construction site offices which need connectivity, albeit for short periods of time.

Meanwhile the service will continue to expand in existing markets on the East Coast, providing there was a business case, he said.

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