Netgear, Broadband Phone and Cirrus Communications have partnered to deliver a VoIP service for regional customers on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the Central Coast and Central West of New South Wales.
The new service, KISS, bundles a broadband service with telecommunications access and the required hardware. Netgear will be supplying wireless and entry level routers and terminal adaptors, while Broadband Phone will be providing the underlying voice infrastructure.
"It's a departure from our other partnerships that are usually launched as joint-branded products," Netgear director of partnerships and services, Ryan Parker, said. "In this case however, it's a Cirrus branded product that is being driven into their channel. We're just the hardware provider."
Parker said the partnership would allow Netgear to further distribute its range of voice adaptors into new markets as the company does not service any regional areas.
"Although we have worked with resellers in regional areas, this is the first partnering opportunity where the provider is specifically focused on regional Australia," he said.
KISS offers free calls between KISS customers and local, intercity or interstate calls for $0.10 fixed rate untimed. Mobile calls are charged at $0.29 per minute and international rates range from $0.035 a minute.
It will be available through Cirrus Communications' partnered chain of retailers.
The carrier also has plans to move into three more territories by the end of April.