iBurst has launched a new broadband offering developed specifically for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Wireless DSL is a symmetrical service which offers speeds of up to 15Mbps on one access connection and a contention ratio of just 10:1, one of the lowest currently available.
This new product is wholly owned, managed and supported by iBurst and aims to provide businesses with a high-quality, end-to-end managed broadband connection without the high prices normally associated with similar products.
Competitively priced from R5 080.00 to R10 860.00 per month depending on line speeds and data caps selected, Wireless DSL outpaces the price/performance ratio of bonded ADSL solutions and closely matches the quality and service levels of leased-line offerings. The service is available in packages with speeds of 5Mbps, 10Mbps or 15Mbps and with 60Gb, 100Gb or 160Gb of bandwidth a month.
“There is a major gap in the SME market for a solution that meets the needs of businesses and high-end consumers for high quality access at a price that’s not going to break the bank. Wireless DSL has been designed to compete with both the 4096kbps ADSL service as well as higher end bonded DSL services, but performs better and provides advanced features such as symmetrical throughput. Wireless DSL slots in between our current WiMax, with speeds up to 1Mbps, and our MetroNet, with speeds up to 155Mbps, offerings,” says iBurst CEO Jannie van Zyl.
Wireless DSL creates a building block for internet, security, virtual private networking, messaging, voice and telecommuting services. A major differential is that it is a symmetrical offering which unlike asymmetrical ADSL or 3G offers equally fast upload and download speeds and is therefore especially useful for businesses that need fast data transfer to support applications between branch offices, streaming data content like video conferencing and conference calls, centralised web-based applications and uploading to websites as well as other services.
Wireless DSL also provides a static IP address, facilitating the hosting of local servers at the business premises for applications like messaging, video surveillance, storage and web hosting.
“Wireless DSL, when combined with our voice services such as Hosted PBX, will be especially attractive to customers who would want to drive their telephony costs down and we expect a strong uptake from businesses with a number of branch offices or shops that must be in daily contact with their head office. Wireless DSL offers ‘Diginet-like’ services at ‘DSL-like’ pricing.” Van Zyl says.
As it is a fixed-wireless option, iBurst can offer faster turnaround times for installation than customers can expect if they opt for a fixed-line solution such as ADSL. As a wireless option, the product is immune to copper theft and has link level service level agreements (SLA’s) making it both a reliable and convenient option as a company’s main or back up internet access service.
The service is available in major metropolitan areas such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Bloemfontein, as well as some smaller towns and cities such as Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Potchefstroom and Vereeniging.