Variable time bandwidth

Following the installation of a one Megabyte Internet line at the Protea Hotel Victoria, ISP, DataPro Pty. Ltd., announced that it will offer wholesale bandwidth on a variable time basis to site developers.

Says Murray Steyn of DataPro: "We want to position ourselves as a strategic player in the burgeoning wireless market. By providing this solution to site owners, such as conference centers, office parks and townhouse complexes, we are enabling them to add value to their service offerings, but via a very cost-effective package."

He says the company will work with other ICT companies and resellers, as well as site owners, and will be pricing the service at R1 (US$0.14) per minute.

"We are the first company to wholesale cost-effective bandwidth on a variable time basis, rather than by bits and bytes," claims Steyn.

DataPro says it will also build in commissions for ICT companies that manage the infrastructure, as well as a percentage for the site owners. "This is a win-win situation for all players, including the end-user. Pricing is very competitive, and there is no telephone bill to consider and no Internet subscriber fees," Steyn says.

The company is also offering a pre-paid model, it says, which aims to enable hotels, lodges or guest houses - or any company -- to re-sell pre-paid cards for a commission. DataPro says that the Protea Hotel Victoria last year became the first user of its new wireless solution. The line supplies all 172 bedrooms and public areas with instant high-speed Internet capabilities, DataPro adds.

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