Chariot is racing ahead with wireless, rolling out high speed services to certain blackspots before Christmas, on its way to owning the last mile of delivery.
The provider plans to deliver 4Mbps services using a Motorola Canopy to customers in Gippsland and Adelaide metro by December this year. Roll out will continue into the Northern Rivers area by March next year and a number of other regional areas over the next two years.
The roll out follows Chariot's acquisition of Melbourne-based wireless broadband specialist Omninet Wireless in October this year and would add up to $1 million to the company's 2005-2006 revenue, managing director, Robert Horlin-Smith, said.
Spokesperson for Chariot, Kimon Lycos, said that wireless played an important part of Chariot's strategy in delivering services to regional areas and owning the last mile. It was also a key part of the provider's VoIP plans.
"Dial-up customers will gain an affordable high-speed internet experience and existing broadband customers can enjoy faster speeds, at more competitive prices," Lycos said. "In general, our customers will have a richer internet experience, one that is wireless, faster and totally responsive to their needs, incorporating both voice and data."
Chariot was seeking channel partners to help it grow in the wireless and VoIP space and had already been approached by a number of interested parties, Lycos said.
The provider already has the distribution rights for the Transcom VoIP service, and owns a 41 per cent share in the company.
"This [distribution deal] will entail delivery to small- and medium-sized ISP's along with our own established retail customer base," Lycos said. "Further revenue will be generated through Transcom's global sales and marketing efforts."
Details of the cost of the roll out and the acquisition of Omninet will be made available in a market announcement later this year.