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Wireless broadband supplier sets trigger levels

Internet access provider X-Systems today announced the launch of its cost-effective wireless broadband service and is asking people to register their interest.

X-System's broadband product uses the 2.4MHz radio frequency to provide an always-on internet connection at extremely fast speeds of between 1Mbps and 4Mbps (megabits per second). Because the technology is transmitted via radiowaves rather than cables, it can reach users in remote or rural areas not covered by ADSL or cable.

"There are only three real issues surrounding the takeup of broadband in the UK — access to a connection, speed and cost," said Tim Helstrip, X-System's chief executive.

"At present, a large number of domestic users, businesses and public services are being denied broadband because interest has not met the required levels — normally 300 — to trigger BT's ADSL exchange upgrade," added Helstrip.

X-System has set its trigger levels at a much more easily achievable 50 subscribers.

This is not the first time BT's trigger levels have been criticised. Campaigners at Broadband4Britain (B4B) insisted the telco could easily afford to set these levels at 50 people rather than 300-500, a claim BT refuted by saying the figures B4B had used in its calculations were wrong.

The 1Mnps service will set home users back a reasonable £25 per month.

Telewest's cable-based 2Mbps service, launched earlier in May will set you back £50 a month.

Installation for home users will set you back £149.95 per household, but X-System was unable to give a full breakdown of costs for businesses.

For more information or to register click here.

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