Neotel brings affordable data to SMEs
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.