Fixed wireless broadband provider, BigAir, has signed a strategic master supply agreement (MSA) with telecommunications provider, NTT Australia.
NTT Australia managing director, Yoshimasa Hashimoto, said the agreement gives NTT Australia’s global blue chip customers additional access service options, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach by fixed wired solutions.
It has already placed its first fixed wireless service order with BigAir for one of its global customers in Sydney.
“BigAir’s flexibility and shorter delivery timeframe means we can provide a more flexible and competitive solution to our customers,” Hashimoto said.
BigAir CEO, Jason Ashton, said the agreement provided an opportunity for the broadband provider to supply fixed wireless services as an integral part of a complete solution for NTT Australia’s advanced IP service offering.
“The strategic nature of the relationship with NTT Australia as well as the high profile blue chip customers they service means that we may be expanding our network specifically to service large customer opportunities” Ashton said. “The MSA with NTT Australia is a further step in our planned growth strategy for 2010.”
Ashton said fixed wireless as a corporate offering was more than just a niche play. It is frequently deployed as a primary data link and also as backup, redundancy or in locations where no fixed wired service was available.
“Fixed wireless is gradually becoming a mainstream play, facilitating the day to day mission critical business applications of corporate customers,” he said.
NTT Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT Communications, which is part of the international and long distance service arm of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.