The country’s first known commercial digital subscriber line (DSL) user says the technology has cut its Internet access costs by several hundred per cent.
Auckland genetic research company Genesis Research and Development has pruned its monthly ISP bill from up to $4000 to under $1000 by switching from volume-based charging to a flat fee DSL-based service. It is one of a handful of customers of DSL pioneer Llloyd Group, based in the Waikato.
Genesis assistant manager Dingyi Xu says his company has been using Lloyd Group’s service over a 128Kbit/s line since the start of the year and it has been working perfectly. An upgrade to a 256Kbit/s link is likely soon, he says, as the company’s appetite for downloaded data increases.
Xu says the company knew it was letting itself in for a relatively untried technology when it switched to DSL, but the risk has paid off.