Queenstown has a new Wi-Fi wireless network, courtesy of B&R Holdings, a company which builds wireless networks and leases capacity.
B&R Holdings chief executive Matthew Brown says two companies are already planning to use the network, one to provide ISP services and the other to transfer data to be stored off-site. The storage company, Data Sanctuary, is a subsidiary of B&R Holdings.
Brown says B&R will lease capacity to customers, be they ISPs, hotels wanting to exchange data, other companies or individuals. B&R has built a network on the same basis in Ashburton and runs 10 others with “single tenants”, which it plans to convert to the multi-tenant model with the consent of the tenants.
“Most of them are people networking across town or using it for virtual private networks.”
Queenstown is not badly off for wireless LANs, with Wi-Fi offerings from Radionet and SouthNet already operating there. Wi-Fi, also known as the 802.11b standard, allows wireless networking over several hundred metres without boosting the signal.
SouthNet managing director Marc Cohen was unaware of B&R Holdings’ plans when contacted by Computerworld. He says while downtown Queenstown is well-served for broadband and was one of the earliest provincial towns to get ADSL, there is huge demand for wireless broadband in the Wakatipu basin outside the limits of the Queenstown exchange.
“There are a lot of businesses in the basin, such as surveyors, architects and designers, and a lot of building permits have been granted there.”
SouthNet is providing services to the basin. Its link atop Coronet Peak was put to use in the HP-sponsored 50K ski race there last month.