Neo­tel brings af­ford­able data to SMEs

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HOT ON THE HEELS of its Ne­oFlex voice prod­uct – aimed squarely at the SME mar­ket – Neo­tel is prim­ing a data so­lu­tion that will fea­ture a near un­capped fixed wireless In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity at speeds of 3,1Mbps down­stream and 1,8Mbps up­stream.

Neo­tel prod­uct strat­egy head Gre­gory Kee says al­though the com­pany will be set­ting a ca­pac­ity limit to the so­lu­tion, it’s un­likely users will reach that limit through fair use. While Neo­tel hasn’t dis­closed the fig­ure for its cap Kee says it will be above the 10GB mark and users will be able to buy ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity once that limit has been reached, at 8c/MB. Kee says users must also be rea­son­able in terms of their ex­pec­ta­tions of per­for­mance.

Even though the so­lu­tion is based on CDMA Re­vi­sion A and, as such, de­liv­ers 3,1Mbps/1,8Mbps per­for­mance he con­firms users can ex­pect per­for­mance lev­els of 450Kbps to 900Kbps down­stream and 300Kbps to 700Kbps up­stream.

How­ever, the new tech­nol­ogy does bring the net­work la­tency right down. Where Neo­tel Prime – the telco’s stand­alone, con­sumer fo­cused con­verged voice and data so­lu­tion – de­liv­ers a la­tency of be­tween 200ms and 400ms to sites in the West Coast of the United States, Kee says the new SMB data so­lu­tion will im­prove that by be­tween four and five times.

Kee says the prod­uct is de­signed to al­low Ne­teol to do the same thing with its SME data so­lu­tion as it has with its SME voice so­lu­tion, which of­fers true per sec­ond billing and of­fers cheaper call­ing rates to Telkom lines than Telkom does it­self.

Next year Kee says Neo­tel plans to bring those two of­fer­ings to­gether in an “of­fice in a box” that pro­vides SMEs with ev­ery­thing they need from a com­mu­ni­ca­tions per­spec­tive. How­ever, he wasn’t able to shed any light on time­frames, cost or per­for­mance lev­els.

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