EFTel is set to roll out a national wireless service by the end of the year.
The WA-based ISP will deploy its new Internet access technology across existing mobile telecommunications infrastructure. The solution will be independent of the Telstra network. Executive director, Danny Ehrenfeld, said it would be able to provide lower cost Web access to about 90 per cent of the Australian population.
"The exciting thing about this is that it is a fast service in comparison to things that are currently available outside of 3G," he said. Ehrenfeld said it would initially offer handheld wireless appliances that allowed users to access the Internet. Users would be able to purchase the service on a monthly or annual basis. It will include a 20-hour, 50-hour and an unlimited plan.
"The Internet access is pretty quick and can be comparable to a desktop Web experience," he said. "It works exactly like a desktop computer and users don't need to learn a new operating system when they open it up - they're using a Web browser they are already familiar with."
It can also provide support for online word processing, remote access and mapping.
According to an ASX statement, EFTel currently services over 140,000 fixed line Internet and telephony accounts. The company expects to double this by moving into the mobile wireless scene. Ehrenfeld said it would be offering the devices to its clients and resellers as well as launch wholesale services so other ISPs could on-sell the services to their customer base. "Fundamentally we are looking for technology resellers, large chain stores that sell PCs and computer resellers of all forms large and small," he said.