The country's first commercial DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) service has been announced. While Telecom's high speed internet service trials continue in Lower Hutt, Lloyd Group is to offer DSL-based services to business customers in the Auckland CBD, with nationwide deployment expected to be completed by early 2000.
The offering was initially launched at TUANZ's Bizcom exhibition in July by another company called MultiNet – whose key staff subsequently left and took the project with them to Lloyd.
"We are here to prove the commercial viability of DSL technology in New Zealand. In essence we are pioneering the application of this technology - and business users will be the first to benefit," says Lloyd Gallagher, founding partner.
"Our clients are heavy Internet users, generally offering full internet access from the corporate LAN. Traditionally they have been charged high premiums by telcos for the Internet access they require, but now we are able to offer a better service at a much lower price."
Lloyd Group is offering DSL-based connections on a flat rate charge - a fixed amount per month without any additional charges for traffic.
"Our research has shown that our clients prefer a fixed rate fee over a time or traffic chargeWe have met this requirement in a pricing schedule which delivers excellent value to our clients, without sacrificing performance."
Initial offerings will be a true 128kbps dedicated internet connection for $900 per month flat rate and a 64kbit/s dedicated connection for $600 per month – cheaper, but not by much than existing frame relay and DDS-based services. Higher speeds up to 7Mbit/s are also available on request.
Lloyd Group's website can be reached at www.lloyd.co.nz