In a thinly-veiled swipe at Telecom, Clear Communications says its newly-announced IP-based wide area network (WAN) service is a "market-driven" solution - and not one dictated by a telecommunications provider.
Clear announced the service yesterday and says it will be the first of its type in New Zealand, and among the first in the world. Clear says the new service, which will be launched within the next three months, provides broadband access that enables businesses to easily migrate to high-speed networking.
Jane Hindle, Clear's senior manager for data transport services, says it represents a fundamental shift in the way that telecommunications companies service customers' communications needs - and yesterday promised both "cost savings, and increased flexibility to meet future communication needs.
"Once again Clear has proven itself to be an innovator by breaking ranks and offering a network solution that is market driven - rather than a so called 'solution' that in reality requires customers to tailor their communications needs to fit what is offered by telecommunications companies.
"Until now, businesses have had to undertake major software and hardware upgrades when migrating their networks to run TCP/IP, or take advantage of ATM. Even once this has been done, future upgrades have often proven to be costly.
"There's been a lot of talk in the media about the need for New Zealand to develop a knowledge-based economy. Ultimately the success of this will depend upon the quality of the communication systems available to New Zealand businesses.
"CLEAR is serious in our vision of becoming New Zealand's number one on-line service provider to businesses and this new offering is a prime example of how our online services are designed to help businesses succeed.
"This innovative service will be a world-class development that provides a competitive advantage to New Zealand businesses. "At the risk of sounding cliched, it is the network solution for the new millennium," says Ms Hindle.