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O2 launches wireless leased line service for business customers

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Telefonica O2 has become the first mobile operator in Ireland to offer a wireless leased line service to business customers.
­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 O2s 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.

Engineering company, Arup has installed an O2 Point to Point wireless leased line between its offices in Dublin and Cork, replacing a fixed leased line. Commenting Barry Ryan, Head of IT, Arup, said, "The primary driver behind our decision was cost reduction. By moving from a fixed leased line to O2's wireless leased line we have already cut data costs by about 40%". 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."

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 quality as a fixed 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

Commenting on the new service, Nicola Mortimer, Head of ICT - Telefonica O2 Ireland, said, "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. It can be also a great back-up solution for organisations with an existing fixed line application."

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