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Tangent Offering Bandwidth-On-Demand

Tangent Offering Bandwidth-On-Demand - A First For NZ

In a New Zealand first, telecommunications service provider Tangent is offering bandwidth-on-demand to Auckland businesses.

While bandwidth-on-demand is popular overseas, Tangent believes this is the first such product offering in this country.

Tangent General Manager Jill Garing says bandwidth-on-demand is particularly useful for companies that have varying demands on their network capability in any one month.

"While network bandwidth is typically provided at a set capacity, the usage of bandwidth is dynamic."

Ms Garing says bandwidth-on-demand solves this issue and will be particularly useful as it allows businesses to tailor their bandwidth to the demands on their network (e.g. end of month processing, implementation of major software packages to the desktop, activating disaster recovery sites, etc).

"For instance, we're aware of at least one company that has to take some users off its system at the end of the month so that the accounts processing can be accommodated," she says.

"There's also instances where companies need to send large files, but not necessarily every day of the week."

Ms Garing says bandwidth growth for most users is exponential and involves a compromise between the cost and time lag for upgrading versus the need to be able to function efficiently.

"Bandwidth-on-demand allows customers to commit to initial bandwidth, safe in the knowledge that additional capacity can be added (or subtracted) within minutes.

"It means that organisations can continue to conduct their business without disruption," says Ms Garing.

Under the new service, businesses can contract bandwidth at a certain level and then increase it incrementally to an upper limit. Conversely if a business is using bandwidth at a higher level than the contracted base, it can reduce its bandwidth requirements at any time.

"Bandwidth-on-demand provides customers with a seamless growth path to additional network capacity with little or no additional capital cost."

ENDS

** About Tangent ** Tangent operates Auckland's first Cisco powered IP Ethernet Metropolitan Area Network, delivering 2Mbps-1Gbps services. Tangent is the leading provider of high-speed fibre optic network and data services for Auckland businesses. Covering an area of 950 square kilometers, the Tangent network is designed to provide maximum scalability, high bandwidth capacity and diverse cabling routes to meet existing and emerging market requirements. In addition to its fibre optic network services, Tangent offers disaster recovery, telehousing and intelligent building solutions for call centres, property owners and companies looking to secure network service equipment. Tangent is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vector Ltd, Auckland's electricity distribution company. Tangent's fibre optic cable run parallel to Vector's electricity lines. The Tangent network, which has been operational since November 2000, was built in accordance with Datacraft network specifications, uses IP protocol and Cisco's word class switches.

For more information about the contents of this release please visit Tangent's website on www.tangent.co.nz


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