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NetComm spreads its wings with iBurst

  • 20 October, 2004 14:01

<p>SYDNEY, October 20, 2004 - NetComm and Personal Broadband Australia (PBA) today announced an alliance to further develop and market their respective high-speed wireless technologies to deliver innovative networking solutions for corporate and home users.</p>
<p>"This deal will increase both companies' ability to deliver leading-edge wireless solutions, while narrowing lead times between product development and market availability," NetComm managing director David Stewart said. All product development and marketing will take place in Australia.</p>
<p>Two joint solutions are available now, priced and selling through NetComm distribution channels:</p>
<p>1. NetComm Mobile Hotspot:
· Creates an instant wireless LAN anywhere under coverage
· Incorporates a NetComm HotSpot router and an iBurst desk bridge
· A single hotspot provides 1Mbps, syncronous connectivity
· Removes the need for a DSL link
· Already popular at locations where a DSL link is too expensive or unavailable
· Useful anywhere requiring a temporary fixed office</p>
<p>2. NetComm Mobile IP Surveillance:
· Consists of a high resolution surveillance camera with iBurst connectivity - the first mobile surveillance solution of its type in Australia
· Enables viewing of real time digital video over the Internet from any location under coverage
· Dramatically extends the surveillance environment, enabling connectivity to previously difficult to access areas
· Eliminates costs related to installing and deploying traditional analog closed-circuit TV</p>
<p>Importantly, the agreement will also see iBurst customers offered additional routing and security firewall equipment from NetComm to support the provision of broader solutions. This is expected to further contribute to increased sales of NetComm's core broadband equipment products.</p>
<p>"Increasingly, people are demanding more flexibility than offered by a fixed broadband connection, while people not serviced by ADSL or cable are seizing the alternatives offered by wireless," Mr Stewart said, adding: "We expect to see continued strong demand for wireless broadband over the coming months." Analyst group IDC recently reported that it expects the number of wireless broadband users in Australia to reach almost 300,000 by 2008, a 500 percent higher rate of uptake than in the overall broadband market.</p>
<p>According to PBA's chief technology officer, Jonathan Withers, PBA's alliance with NetComm is the company's first relationship of this kind.</p>
<p>"iBurst is not only a powerful mobile technology, but a carrier-grade wireless service able to connect
PCs and other networkable devices to LANs, WANs and the Internet - wherever they may be. Through this partnership, NetComm and PBA are creating entirely new business solutions," Mr Withers said.</p>
<p>iBurst can provide one or multiple users with secure access to office applications, including email and intranets, over a large area - even interstate. This is especially useful for businesses needing to move the location of their office network, for instance to maintain access to corporate networks and data at conferences.</p>
<p>iBurst is also emerging as a key technology in servicing the so called 'broadband deprived', which includes large numbers of regional as well as metropolitan users without access to ADSL or cable.</p>
<p>"Typically, ISPs knock back as many as 25 to 30 per cent of fixed line broadband requests for technical reasons. iBurst helps meet some of that pent-up demand, at a residential as well as business level," Mr Withers said.</p>
<p>"This is an extremely important alliance for NetComm and one that we expect will play a key role in maintaining our early market advantage in the wireless space," NetComm's Mr Stewart said.</p>
<p>iBurst uses 'smart antenna' technology to deliver IP-based Internet services across the 1.9GHz radio spectrum band. Users can expect speeds of up to 1Mbps with similar in-building penetration to mobile phones.</p>
<p>About NetComm
NetComm is Australia's leading provider of broadband solutions with a commanding position across the key markets of DSL, wireless, routing, high-speed networking and digital surveillance systems. The company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: NTC). Visit www.netcomm.com.au.</p>
<p>About Personal Broadband Australia
Personal Broadband Australia provides wireless broadband access services on a wholesale basis to distributors such as ISPs, carriers and mobile operators. PBA's high speed, low cost broadband services allow users to access the Internet, e-mail and other applications from the home, office or with the complete freedom of mobility. PBA is providing the world's first commercial implementation of the award winning iBurst technology. The iBurst service is currently available throughout much of Sydney, with preliminary coverage now available on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne. The network is constantly expanding, with services commencing soon in Brisbane and Canberra. www.pba.com.au.</p>
<p>iBurst is a trademark of ArrayComm, Inc.</p>
<p>For more information contact:
David Binning
NetComm
T. 02 9424 2515
M. 0410 644 972
davidb@netcomm.com.au</p>
<p>Antoni Lee
Red Agency
T: 02 9955 7877
M: 0405 014 435
Antoni.Lee@redagency.com.au</p>

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