Netsource plans bundled DSL and Wi-Fi services


1 Mar 2005

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Up-and-coming communications player Netsource has forged an alliance with 3Com to launch a bundled DSL package with 3Com’s wireless networking hardware for SMEs.

As a result businesses will be able to purchase 3Com’s wireless local area network (WLAN) hardware at a reduced price when they sign up for Netsource’s DSL service. It is understood to be the only bundled four-port router with firewall available from an internet service provider in the Irish market at present.

The package has been designed for SMEs, professionals and sole traders and allows them to check email, exchange files and instant messages and browse the web at high speeds through a shared internet connection.

The solution is priced according to the DSL package used and is a one-off charge. For corporate and enterprise DSL customers, 3Com’s wireless hardware can be purchased for €49. ‘Origin’ and ‘Office@home’ customers will be charged €99.

The DSL package combines a packet inspection firewall, four-port 100Mbps switch, ADSL router and 54Mbps wireless access point to provide shared, secure and high-speed internet access. Website filtering is also available as an upgrade.

Netsource marketing manager Louise McKeown explains: “In working closely with 3Com, we have designed a package that SMEs can avail of without having to pay capital upfront. The set-up is straightforward and there is normal desk support available from 3Com and Netsource.”

3Com country manager for Ireland Ray O’Connor adds: “We have observed a growing demand for this kind of wireless networking package from our customers and resellers. Seamless connectivity is vital for business users today and WLAN is one of the most flexible and effective IT tools there is to establish a competitive advantage. There are also demonstrable cost savings from more efficient use of resources and infrastructure.”

By John Kennedy