Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


New Mesh Broadband Network Underway In BOP

New Mesh Broadband Network Underway In BOP

New MESH Broadband Network underway in Bay of Plenty is a first for New Zealand

Tauranga internet service provider EOL has launched a unique *MESH wireless communication network - the first in New Zealand.The multi-million dollar Strata network is based on the most advanced products from 10 of the world's leading wireless broadband, and internet security suppliers. These have been meldedtogether to produce a 'super-MESH.'

Local wireless pioneer EOL says that Strata will initially cover an area of 150 square kilometres,but within one year, it will provide one seamless regional network - covering an area of 700 sqkms.Managing Director Terry Coles says Strata offers both urban and rural users the best in securefixed and roaming "triple play" communications - years ahead of the competition.

Away from their home or office, customers can connect to the network using any modern laptop, apersonal digital assistant (PDA), or Wi-Fi enabled mobile phone such as the Apple iPhone.Strata Carrier and Wi-Fi services are being made available to both urban and rural customers ina staged rollout that is well underway, he says.

The first area runs from Cameron Road in theTauranga central business district, to Barkes corner. Papamoa, Mount Maunganui, Bethlehemand Katikati will be next on line early 2008.

'Existing EOL residential customers won't need to buy new equipment, as their current radiounits are compatible with Strata,' says Terry Coles. 'However all EOL's business customers willbe contacted about what upgrades they'll require prior to the rollout in their area. EOL will be releasing in coming weeks, details of special offers that will give people the chance to try out Strata.

What is MESH?

EOL was the first New Zealand company to carry out a major trial of the MESH mobile broadband technology, that´s used in a number of cities in the United States. The wireless network is based on "nodes" or repeaters - that are easily attached to city power poles or buildings. A repeater unit is simply plugged in and powers up automatically, to integrate itself into the network.

The repeaters, which don´t need line of sight, provide city-wide communication services to users armed with anything from a laptop to a personal digital assistant (PDA), or a meshenabled mobile phone, such as the Apple iPhone. A user can access and surf the Net at healthy speeds of over 1.5 mbps for roaming users right up to 11 mbps (or more) for business users.

'The way people are connected, it´s a bit like making a whole city into one giant Wi-Fi hotspot, 'says Terry Coles - we call it a city-wide hot-zone. The Strata network, once complete, will involve over 300 nodes or repeaters installed over 700 square kilometres of the Western Bay. 'The strange cylindrical objects appearing on rooftops may look a little like homing beacons for UFO's, but they're simply the MESH nodes or gateways.' Strata is the very latest in MESH technology, a true 'carrier grade' network , a 4th generation (4G) system capable of surviving most of the man-made and natural events that cause other wireless and land line communications to fail.

'Its multi-layered and multipath nature ensures it is always available, self-healing and rerouting automatically around interference and blackouts - to give unrivalled network speed and reliability (99.999% uptime). It means Strata is ideal as a public safety network,' says Terry Coles.

Security and Accessibility

Strata is engineered to provide the highest level of network and wireless security. The system uses the latest in industrial-strength encryption technology on every wireless link. Using the carrier subscriber device, customers can connect directly to the Strata high security MESH core network.

Secure Wi-Fi access to Strata is also available. Unlike standard Wi-Fi which uses low level security, EOL selected the world's first carrier grade MESH Wi-Fi, which was developed in Israel using military-grade security.

Customers within 1km of the Strata MESH will be able to connect using any modern laptop, PDA or Cell that supports Wi-Fi.

For those who want an increase in speed, an EOL internal subscriber unit can be used. The system provides for roaming between any Strata MESH zone in the region. Miniature external, self-install radio kits with a range of 10km are also available for distant or rural users.

Connecting to Strata MESH

Strata Carrier and Wi-Fi services are available to urban and rural customers. Anyone who wants to connect - or receive more information on Strata - should contact EOL.

ENDS

Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

ALSO:

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news