BigAir rises high into city apartments

BigAir has its eye on high rises, taking on an additional 1000 unit-dwelling broadband customers and the promise of more, with its W Home acquisition, announced Wednesday.

W Home, a subsidiary of E-Pay Asia, provides broadband Internet services to premium apartment buildings or multi-dwelling units (MDUs). It installs high-speed ADSL connections into a concentrator at each MDU and then distributes access throughout the building using Very high data rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) and Ethernet technologies.

The acquisition (for an undisclosed amount) will see BigAir take on the access agreements from W Home, which provide perpetual rights to deploy infrastructure in almost 100 MDUs. The service has already been activated in 37 of these MDUs, which includes approximately 8000 apartments across Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. BigAir is also acquiring the infrastructure used by W Home to service the customers in each building.

The deal is expected to add around $500,000 in annualized revenues to BigAir.

BigAir CEO, Jason Ashton said the W Home business model was an excellent fit with the BigAir independent high speed wireless broadband network.

"The existing W Home buildings are mostly serviced using slower ADSL and SDSL for the 'last mile' network connection into each MDU. We intend to replace these slower last mile connections with our own high speed symmetric fixed wireless connection, thus eliminating reliance on other carriers and also greatly improving the operating margins," he said.

Current W Home customers will be seamlessly transferred over to BigAir's own network for the last mile; all they should notice is the extra speed, according to Ashton.

Within the MDUs, W Home makes use of VDSL, which transmits data at speeds up to 55 Mbps over short distances using twisted pair copper wire. The shorter the copper loop, the faster the connection rate.

"The combination of our high speed wireless network connection to each MDU, with the VDSL and Ethernet distribution within the MDU, provides a low-cost, high-speed platform which will support 'triple-play' services. We will be able to deliver some of the fastest residential broadband speeds available and we can completely bypass Telstra and its legacy copper network," Ashton said in a media statement.

While the current W Home service only offers broadband Internet, BigAir intends to expand this offering in the future to include Voice over IP and Video on Demand. Ashton said that while getting the infrastructure in place is BigAir's priority at the moment, the company will look to partner with Video on Demand and IP TV companies down the track.

"The great thing about this model is that we have that aggregation into the building and we can leverage all kinds of high speed services all over our network, so we are able to generate really good margins," he said.

BigAir is also on track to launch a soft release of its wholesale strategy to other ISP's carriers, integrators and IP services companies later this month.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments


James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >


Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?