O2 moves into wireless leased line business

1 Jun 2010

O2 says it is the first mobile operator in Ireland that can offer a wireless leased line service to the business market.

The new service is available either as a ‘Point to Point’ line facilitating the transfer of data between two or more offices or as an ‘Internet Access’ line via O2’s Internet Point of Presence providing an office with a high-speed, reliable method of connecting to the internet.

Each wireless leased line is dedicated to an individual company delivering a private and secure service, with uncontended access.

O2’s Wireless Leased Lines service offers customers access to 2MB -100MB of data depending on their needs.

About Point to Point service

For the Point to Point service, a receiver dish is installed on the two or more premises to be linked by the wireless leased line. The line transmits radio or microwave technology frequencies to a receiver, giving the same high quality as a fixed line.

“O2’s wireless leased line service is an excellent alternative to traditional fixed leased lines, particularly for those companies which are in remote locations or want a competitively priced wireless solution,” explained Nicola Mortimer, head of ICT at Telefonica O2 Ireland.

“It can be also a great back-up solution for organisations with an existing fixed-line application.”

One of the first organisations to adopt the new service is leading consulting engineering company Arup.

Engineering firm Arup has installed an O2 Point to Point wireless leased line between its offices in Dublin and Cork, replacing a fixed leased line.

Arup is using the O2 wireless leased line as a backup to its global WAN for voice and internet communications. In addition, it replicates data on the wireless leased line so that each office has rapid access to data if there is a problem on the existing network.

“The primary driver behind our decision was cost reduction,” Barry Ryan, head of IT, Arup, explained.

“By moving from a fixed leased line to O2’s wireless leased line we have already cut data costs by about 40pc.”

He added that service and flexibility were also factors. “We already use O2 for mobile services, had much of the wireless infrastructure in place and we are very happy with their service and support.”

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years