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Chariot Launches HRN Network

Australian listed ISP Chariot Internet has released its new High Reliability Network (HRN) technology, which the company expects will allow Australian businesses to have the same levels of Internet reliability and security enjoyed by international military organisations.

HRN will be targeted at both the government and corporate sectors, and represents the pursuit of the company's prospectus to increase and expand its services base.

The HRN network involves the construction of a whole new Internet network based on various geographical positions around Australia. Data is replicated electronically between the sites so that if one fails there is minimal disruption to the service as the remaining site 'picks up the load'.

The load sharing feature of HRN enables clients who are local users to a site to dial in directly rather than connecting via the Internet. "These design features will make it possible for Chariot to offer quality of service guarantees on its delivery system," said Chariot managing director Gary Chua. "Our goal is to offer 99.999 per cent availability, the highest level of delivery achievable even on mission critical systems such as banking."

The company believed the individual Internet and similar network requirements of both governments and business had been generally overlooked with the growth of ISPs.

"Government and business clients generally have to compete with domestic users for ISP bandwidth," said Chariot managing director Gary Chua. "They end up being treated as just another customer and receiving the same service that is provided to the home user," he said.

Mr. Chua said the new HRN network was being built from the ground up and would not share any of the components or data pathways already used on existing Chariot networks.

Primary access paths for the HRN will be built on top of Chariot's current infrastructure with backup from alternative systems. The company also proposes to further extend the HRN capability internationally by installing a third path via satellite.