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PCCW Launch Broadband Wireless ISP

Posted: 06th May, 2004 By: MarkJ
Much as has been rumoured since they gained enough 3.4GHz wireless spectrum licenses to cover the UK, PCCW has today officially announced the launch of their broadband service - Netvigator!

The 512Kbps package costs just £18 inc. VAT per month, with a similar 1Mbps option being priced at £28. There's a 12 month contract, although PCCW is offering the first months access for free. Full PR follows:

UK Broadband launches NETVIGATOR

UK Broadband announced today the launch of a high-speed wireless broadband service - NETVIGATOR - that will revolutionise the way people access and use the Internet.

Six areas in the Thames Valley will be the first places in the country to experience the NETVIGATOR service, which offers wireless broadband to home and the office, with an initial choice of a 512Kbits per second or 1Magebit per second. This is 10 to 20 times faster than a standard dial up Internet connection.

NETVIGATOR provides this broadband access without the need for a telephone line or cable connection. The system is self-installed in a few minutes, with a plug and play device available in high street shops or ordered over the Internet.

"This is truly revolutionary as it allows customers to install their broadband service within minutes and offers dedicated service with very high speed access", said Mike Butcher, CEO of UK Broadband. "This technology is going to change people's lives".

Because the NETVIGATOR technology is wireless, you can have a broadband connection in any room in the house. This high-speed broadband "always-on" access makes it easy to surf the net, download videos or music, and bank or shop over the Internet.

"Broadband wireless opens up the web to people", said Mr Butcher. "Many people have been reluctant to switch to broadband through the fixed telephone lines because of the cost, delays in getting connected and the frustration with dealing with multiple service providers. NETVIGATOR is different. It is simple to install, and since it is wireless, you don't need an engineer to visit your home"

NETVIGATOR is one of the most advanced broadband offerings available. NETVIGATOR is operated by UK Broadband Limited, a subsidiary of PCCW Limited, which is one of Asia's leading integrated communications companies. PCCW operates NETVIGATOR in Hong Kong and has over 700,000 broadband customers. UK Broadband owns a nationwide UK and Northern Ireland license to enable wireless broadband services.

The service will initially be available in Aldershot, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough, Windsor and Wokingham

After completing this launch, UK Broadband will announce its national rollout plans for this new generation service in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Note that the upload speed is 256Kbps for both 512Kbps and 1Mbps options.
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