Clear Communications is to offer a service that allows New Zealand business people to gain access to their office LAN from 37 countries using a free or local phone number.
Clear's Internet access business manager, Nicole Sommerfeld, says Clear Concert Remote LAN Access (CCRLA) is the first service of its type in New Zealand. Until now, she says, customers have had the choice of a toll call, "which can get woundingly expensive if you're dialling from a hotel room, or using the Internet and a roaming service which doesn't give the same performance or security".
CCRLA offers secure LAN access via Concert Communication's international network of approximately 800 connection points back to Clear's frame-relay service in New Zealand.
"This is essentially a development of our national remote LAN access, Connect," she says.
"Customers have been asking for an international version ever since the domestic service was launched and Concert was the best fit because customers can use the management tool we have on their Connect service."
The service has a minimum monthly connection fee of $930 ex GST and an hourly usage charge of $19.95 from Australia and $34.95 from the rest of the world (ex GST), so customers are likely to be medium-sized and larger companies. A promotional offer will waive usage charges until September.
Launched in 1994, Concert Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Telecom and Clear acts as its New Zealand distributor.