Walker begins broadband rollout

Walker Wireless estimates it will take two months to extend wireless broadband service in Auckland beyond its original trial base of 400 users.

Walker Wireless estimates it will take two months to extend wireless broadband service in Auckland beyond its original trial base of 400 users.

It is initially targeting those 400, half residential and half business customers, for conversion to paying customers.

The rollout beyond that, says CEO Bob Smith, has been held up by a shortage of modems but Wellington and Christchurch coverage is planned to follow by the end of the third quarter.

Walker has already captured Southland’s broadband project, independent of the government’s Probe initiative, and is involved in a number of Probe tenders. The business plan is to expand to 70% coverage of the country over three to four years, Smith says.

Walker will not be launching a mobile network in the early stages, but will concentrate initially on fixed connections.

Services available will include voice, data and video transmission. Initial speeds will probably be 128, 256, 384 and 512kbit/s.

Pricing has not been set yet, he says, but it will be “better than current DSL pricing” for similar speeds.

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