MAXIS Communications Bhd, is targeting 2,000 subscribers for its newly-launched Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) service, by the year-end.
Its senior general manager and head of enterprise business division Darke M. Sani said he was confident the wireless broadband service, which provides voice-over-WLAN and global roaming services, would be well received by both existing and new customers.
Maxis' voice-over-WLAN service, provided in collaboration with voice-over Internet Protocol service provider Ivanex Sdn Bhd, allows customers to make cost-effective calls to any fixed or mobile phone anywhere in the world through their mobile computing devices such as laptops from any Maxis Utopia outlets, he said.
The company, which embarked on a trial run for the service late last year with up to eight hotspot locations in the Klang Valley, currently boasts a WLAN service with a speed of two megabits per second (Mbps).
The (2,000-subscriber) target is achievable as the company plans to increase our Utopia outlets from 43 locations currently to 60 locations, including Sabah and Sarawak, by the end of this year, he said.
Darke said this after the launch of Maxis WLAN Service in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
We are planning to locate Maxis hotspots in office and commercial buildings. The locations, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, would depend on demand for the services, he added.
According to him, the outbound global roaming service, made available through iPass, allows Maxis customers to roam internationally using their WLAN service without having to subscribe to that country's service provider whereas the inbound global roaming service will be made available soon.
The WLAN services can also help businesses boost productivity and provide more flexibility with its suite of mobile enterprise solutions as well as unrestricted access to user's corporate Virtual Private Network (VPN).
A prospective user of Maxis WLAN service will need to subscribe as a Maxis WLAN customer, have a WLAN-enabled notebook or a PDA pre-installed with a WLAN card to enjoy the broadband access.
Maxis charges a one-time registration fee of RM50 for monthly and annual users.
The registration fee is waived for weekly users, existing Maxis mobile and Maxis net customers.
Charges are at RM20 per week, RM40 per month and RM400 per year with a special promotion running at RM30 per month and RM320 per year until June 30, 2003.
Darke also said the WLAN services would further enhance Maxis' range of recently launched mobile enterprise solutions and suite of business telecommunication services called Maxis Business Answer (MBA).
We are continuously seeking new ways to make businesses and individuals more productive, he said.
He added that Maxis planned to offer more enhanced WLAN services to include additional value-added services and applications soon.
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