Based on a CDMA EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) 3G network, Verizon's BroadbandAccess promisses speeds of 300-500kbps. The company announced BroadbandAccess will be available in 13 major metropolitan markets - including Atlanta , GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL; Milwaukee; New York; Philadelphia; San Diego; Tampa, FL; Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach, FL - and more than 20 major airports across the country beginning on Monday.
BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information, just as if they were attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, BroadbandAccess allows large enterprises, small-medium businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, reliable, true high-speed data connection.
BroadbandAccess service is priced at US$79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one- or two-year customer agreement. Through 31 December 2004, Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited use data plans can buy the BroadbandAccess PC 5220 card for US$99.99 after customer agreement rebates.
Because BroadbandAccess is backward compatible customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will seamlessly switch to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network, based on 1xRTT technology.
Working with virtual private network (VPN) connections, business customers can use BroadbandAccess as an extension of their corporate local area network (LAN) or intranet, allowing them to work from any location within the BroadbandAccess coverage area, as if they were in the office. BroadbandAccess, with typical user speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps), is ideal for downloading files and business-critical information residing behind corporate firewalls and for accessing e-mail, intranets and the Internet. BroadbandAccess' CDMA EV-DO technology has its own data protection and authentication and is designed to work with a business' existing IT infrastructure and security solutions.
Business customers can access information when they are on the road - at customer locations, at job sites, in taxis, or on trains - faster than with any competing national wide-area technology. With data transmission bursts up to above 2 Megabits per second (Mbps), BroadbandAccess customers could download a 1 Megabyte email attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint presentation or a large PDF file), or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds, which is three to four times faster than using EDGE service, and as much as ten times faster than on a competitor's GPRS network.
BroadbandAccess customers can manage their remote access needs with VZAccess Manager, a new customizable tool included with the PC 5220 card that simplifies wireless remote access allowing users to stay connected to business-critical email, company databases, files and the Internet while mobile.