SkyNetGlobal, BigAir forge broadband relationship

Australia's fledgling wireless broadband market has taken another step forward with SkyNetGlobal and BigAir Australia forming a "strategic alliance" to deliver residential broadband services.The companies said in a joint statement yesterday that, as part of the relationship, SkyNetGlobal's W Home high-rise network would use BigAir's wireless data facilities where traditional DSL supply was not available.

Australia's fledgling wireless broadband market has taken another step forward with SkyNetGlobal and BigAir Australia forming a "strategic alliance" to deliver residential broadband services.

The companies said in a joint statement yesterday that, as part of the relationship, SkyNetGlobal's W Home high-rise network would use BigAir's wireless data facilities where traditional DSL supply was not available.

Jonathan Soon, SkyNetGlobal's chief executive officer, said in a statement the strategic relationship "orchestrates delivery of an enhanced wireless network service for SkyNetGlobal's W Home customers because BigAir offers speeds of up to 10 Mbps at many locations where broadband Internet supply is not available".

The BigAir-powered W Home service is expected to be available in 10 large apartment buildings by the end of September.

BigAir's joint managing director, Jason Ashton, told ZDNet Australia  BigAir was providing pipe into the buildings while SkyNetGlobal was delivering in-building distribution.

Ashton said an equity relationship or merger was not on the agenda "at this point in time". However, BigAir was hoping to extend its relationship to become preferred supplier to the 50-odd buildings serviced by SkyNetGlobal. Some as yet unspecified joint marketing exercises are also in the wings.

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