Two-way Ultra plan

Ihug plans to upgrade its broadband wireless offering, Ultra, into a high-speed two-way service by mid-year.

Ihug plans to upgrade its broadband wireless offering, Ultra, into a high-speed two-way service by mid-year.

Upstream links for Ultra users rely on phone lines, with a maximum data rate of 33.6Kbit/s, but Ihug claims it can boost that to 500Kbit/s with a technology whose details it is not revealing.

"Basically it will be a single dish, the same as everyone uses already," says co-founder Nick Wood, who says the dishes will incorporate a "high-powered amplifier" to send the signal.

"It's similar to what's being done in the US by StarBand. Basically it's a PCI card-based solution for the consumer."

Wood says Ihug will offer a more sophisticated version of the product which could include voice capabilities as well as power redundancy.

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