OzEmail to Offer Satellite Internet in Australia

Asia Pacific Internet service provider OzEmail Ltd. will soon begin trials of
high-speed, direct-to-home satellite Internet services, with support from
regional pay-TV provider AUSTAR.


The service is designed for Internet content to be delivered via the same
satellite service that provides AUSTAR customers with pay-TV content. The
service will allow Internet subscribers to achieve download speeds
significantly faster than currently available via conventional dial-up PSTN
connections.


“The trial will allow us to determine the optimal technology and content
mix and how we can most efficiently provide high-speed Internet access
across the vast Australian landscape,” said Sean Howard, chief executive
officer of OzEmail.


“For OzEmail, the satellite trial represents another stage in the
development of a more compelling service offering for customers by merging
the delivery of pay-TV and Internet access.”


The trials are expected to begin by year’s end.


The Australian ISP has been rumored to be the target of a takeover bid by
either America Online Inc or Cable & Wireless Optus Ltd., although the
companies refuse to comment.


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