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    Multiemedia launches satellite service
    Brian Corrigan, ARN

    22/05/2003 07:10:15

    ASX-listed Multiemedia has launched a two-way satellite broadband service, pulling together a syndicate of mostly US-based wireless specialists for hardware, software and billing systems.

    The hub, teleport and hardware is provided by ViaSat, backbone and consulting by IP Access International, support, software integration and systems engineering by Advanced Projects, and the space segment is courtesy of Netherlands-based New Skies Satellites.

    Multiemedia, which also has a distribution arm and a Web development business, is initially concentrating on providing the service to remote areas of Australia that are unable to get broadband services by more established methods.

    “We have a dual approach,” Multiemedia managing director and CEO, Adrian Ballintine, said. “There will be a lot of small businesses out there, places like hospitals and police stations, that are unable to get a [broadband] service through last mile solutions. They will want to embrace this service straight away.

    “Our other target will be customers wanting to deploy videoconferencing who cannot afford to rent a big pipe. We will allow them to take a small service with us and burst into a bigger space when needed.”

    Installation of the service, that has already seen Multiemedia invest several millions during the past two years, got underway at 10 sites last week.

    They include Austrade, that will use it to provide videoconferencing and multicasting services, two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – Norfolk Island Internet Services and Internet Whitsundays – the Victorian Government’s Regional Connectivity program and the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which plans a virtual private network for 155 schools throughout Australia and the Pacific Islands.

    Ballintine said he was confident the satellite service would compete favourably on price with telco broadband services and will appeal particularly to companies wanting to deliver applications.

    He said Multiemedia had already signed an agreement with Microsoft for delivery of its applications through the satellite medium.

    The satellite broadband service will be officially launched next month. The hub becomes fully operational in July.

    Ballintine said the Multiemedia distribution business had a 4000-strong reseller base, 35 of which were already dealing in its one-way satellite service and were expected to come on board the two-way model once it takes off.

    He is also in franchise discussions with companies in several countries including Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The NSS-6 satellite is capable of delivering broadband services to more than 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

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