Despite talk of ADSL (asymmetrical digital subscriber line), a high-speed transmission technology which offers transmission rates of 640kbit/s, sending ISDN the way of the dinosaurs, Clear Communications has launched a basic-rate ISDN service.
Until now Clear has only offered primary-rate ISDN (30 channels at 64kbit/s), which is aimed at corporate customers. Basic-rate ISDN, which offers 128kbit/s via two 64kbit/s channels, is cheaper and more popular. Clear is aiming at small businesses with an aggressive pricing structure — $200 installation fee and $99 for two channels, with usage rates of 3.5 cents a minute during peak time and 1 cent off peak.
Telecom charges $350 for line installation, with monthly rentals of $112 and $130 depending on whether the business is inside or outside the CBD.
Meanwhile, Telecom Xtra has launched the second stage of its Xtra-chat messaging service — Xtra Pager. The service works on a customer’s PC and is linked to a central directory of Xtra pager users. Customers can search the directory, bookmark a person and then page them when they go online.