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Access to get channel ready for Sydney WiMax rollout

Access to get channel ready for Sydney WiMax rollout

Access Providers will be educating its Sydney resellers on the opportunities presented by WiMax as the company gears up the development of its high speed wireless network.

APL has already rolled out a WiMax network in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. The company is currently rolling out a newer version of the WiMax standard across Sydney.

The newer technology is based on updated technology by US company Aperto. The previous networks have been based on Proxim technology.

APL CEO, Keith Ondarchie, said the company was hoping to implement the technology in the June/July time period and have a live Sydney network by the end of the year.

In the next 6 weeks the company will present to its Sydney resellers its WiMax offering.

"We want to educate our resellers what this technology is about," he said.

From a channel point of view he said the resellers were about adding value to the network in the form of add-ons such as firewalls or applications.

"There are plenty of opportunities for resellers," he said.

However, the crucial factor is getting this message across: "With all this new technology it can get confusing [for the resellers]," Ondarchie said.

Last week APL released its half yearly results. Despite a 122 per cent rise in revenue on its previous six months, the company still managed a $283,000 loss for the half year to December 2005.

The half-yearly report showed the company's revenue increased to $4.086 million in December 2005. Revenue for the preceding six month period was $1.841 million. A growth of 31 per cent in customers over all segments contributed to this increase.

The source of the increased expenses can be partially attributed to the acquisition of telecoms infrastructure provider Saise Telecom in December 2005, according Ondarchie.

With this acquisition came expenses including staff exit costs, writing off bad debts, and relocation costs involved in implementing Access Providers' new Melbourne HQ and a new data centre.

"We had to clean up the business," he said.

APL forecasts revenue for the 2005-2006 fiscal year is expected to be between $10 million and $12 million.


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