Aaria still on song, says Colman

Rumours of the demise of IP bandwidth wholesaler Aaria Net are much exaggerated, says its managing director Barry Colman.

Rumours of the demise of IP bandwidth wholesaler Aaria Net are much exaggerated, says its managing director Barry Colman.

Aaria sells surplus transponder space from Television New Zealand Satellite Services to ISPs in New Zealand and Australia, both of which fall under the footprint of the Intelsat satellite.

There have been recent rumblings in the local Internet industry that Aaria is getting out of the wholesale bandwidth business, and that what capacity it has had has been seriously oversubscribed. But Colman says neither is true.

"We've sold the whole thing out – that's what's happened," says Colman. "We've had a procession of people coming to us but we can't sell them anything else, that's where we are at the moment. It's operating at 100% capacity. If we could get it to 200% I'd be even happier, but it can't be done."

Colman said it was possible to company might get some more bandwidth in February.

National Business Review publisher Colman's Liberty Press Group got into the bandwidth business late last year, when Liberty took a substantial stake in Aaria's owner, Alternative Futures, at the same time as Alternative Futures was bitterly renouncing its then joint venture with Walker Wireless and promising "a faster and superior wireless Internet communications service" to that available from Walker. But within weeks its wireless assets were absorbed into Walker.

Alternative Futures is currently owned by Colman's Fourth Estate Holdings, Business Internet Solutions, Logos Limited and various other small shareholders.

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