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Spectrum Deal Will Boost Woosh’s Offering

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Spectrum Deal Will Boost Woosh’s Offering

Monday May 15: Woosh Wireless has secured an agreement in principle for usage rights to an additional amount of 2.3GHz spectrum in a deal with Telecom NZ.

“This is very valuable spectrum as it has become a standard around the world for broadband wireless services. This boosts Woosh’s vision to deliver a new generation of wireless broadband services for customers – with mobile phones, broadband and digital TV services” says Nick Clarke, Woosh’s Commercial Manager.

Woosh now has sufficient spectrum in both 2.0GHz and 2.3GHz to deploy multiple broadband wireless technologies – including WiMax. The agreement allows for Telecom to continue using the spectrum in remote rural communities ensuring a wide range of consumers benefit from the arrangement.

“Our own technology has done nothing but improve. With our voice bundle we have demonstrated the strengths of wireless broadband - with a phone and broadband package costing no more than a phone line from other providers. Speeds continue to increase as well, and we have many fixed and mobile customers now bursting to more than 1.5Mbit per second” said Mr. Clarke.

Woosh is pursuing arrangements with owners of 2.3GHz spectrum in other parts of the world including Australia to allow customers to roam seamlessly between broadband wireless networks

International companies such as Intel, Alcatel, Motorola, Nortel and Nokia are driving technology such as phones and lap tops offering high-speed access to the internet, music, video and TV with speed predicted to increase to a maximum of 14Mbit per second. Intel’s vision is that every enabled laptop will be a high speed, high definition TV receiver as well as being a computer. Woosh is committed to building infrastructure that will provide unfettered competition and choice to customers. The Government’s announcement last week has highlighted its desire for competing networks to Telecom’s.

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