United Wireless expands network

Data communications provider United Wireless is expanding its network as part of an overall project to make the transition to being a total wireless data communications solutions provider.

According to Suzie Cameron, marketing communications manager at United Wireless, the company is shifting its focus from providing network services and equipment to becoming a data communications specialist.

United Wireless announced on Monday its plan to expand its network in the Melbourne metropolitan area with several new base stations. According to Cameron, this is the first phase in the large-scale expansion plan which is planned to be completed by the end of the year.

As part of the expansion, new base stations are also being installed in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The company is planning large-scale expansion projects for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with only a small number of base stations being added in Perth and Adelaide, Cameron told Computerworld.

"The network expansion is in response to that shift to solutions provider," Cameron said.

The company is also expanding in order to cater for increased subscriber demands, she said. "We have in the last four months exceeded, by 50 per cent, our target growth rates for subscriber numbers," Cameron said.

Once completed, United Wireless expects to increase its national network coverage to more than 90 per cent of the population and will offer services from northern Queensland to southern Victoria. The company's network currently covers 85 per cent of the population.

Cameron also said the communications provider will offer services to niche markets including transport, utilities and vending machine proprietors.

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