Voyager prepares trans-Tasman VPN service

Voyager is in final acceptance testing of of its ANZAC virtual private network, which will allow customers to connect with their own networks by dialling a local number anywhere in Australia or New Zealand - and the next step is the ANZUS version. Voyager is owned by the Australian ISP OzEmail, but general manager David Mackey says it is driving the VPN project from New Zealand and has been working with 'a large, multi-national New Zealand company' on testing.

Voyager is in final acceptance testing of its ANZAC virtual private network, which will allow customers to connect with their own networks by dialling a local number anywhere in Australia or New Zealand - and the next step is the ANZUS version.

Voyager is owned by the Australian ISP OzEmail, but general manager David Mackey says it is driving the VPN project from New Zealand and has been working with "a large, multi-national New Zealand company" on testing.

Mackey says a recent Colmar Brunton survey indicated that Voyager was the most preferred corporate ISP in New Zealand, and the company is seeking to leverage that position with its new services. Once the ANZAC VPN is launched early in the new year, work will continue with a US-based partner on a similar service extending to that country.

OzEmail recently acquired Access 1, its leading competitor in the Australian corporate and government market, and Mackey says the addition of Access 1's network resources, particularly in the state of Victoria, has boosted OzEmail's service.

"The acquisition now means we now have more than half the corporate access market in Australia. That's a very big target audience for a service like this.

"We've built the VPN service with a Bay Networks solution which is very scalable. Other people are offering services, but nobody can do it the way we can."

Mackey says Voyager's existing Internet fax and telephony services have been wrongly viewed in the past as being targeted only at small office and home users, but the telephony service in particular would now be "pitched directly at larger corporates with larger existing bills - they're the ones with the most to gain from it, after all."

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