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Topic # 34638 26-May-2009 16:39
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The highest wireless plan woosh offers is Express 20 which has 20gb for $59.95/month. can you have a 40gb plan for $79.95/month like telecom does or if not, can you double the data on all your existing plans without increasing the price because you have your own wireless network?

And how many users can share a woosh cell tower?

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  Reply # 218071 26-May-2009 17:02
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Text speak is unwelcome on the forums - especially as your thread title!

The first part of your post answers the second part (highest plan is 20GB, then asking if you can have 40GB).

Then you ask if you can double your data because you have your own wireless network - why would that make any difference?

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  Reply # 218093 26-May-2009 18:23
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Big Tony, read it again... I think he's saying that since Woosh owns their own network they should be more flexible. He's not trying to use his wireless network to help Woosh ;)


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  Reply # 218260 27-May-2009 10:46
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The price quoted above is for fixed line.  For the competitor's cellular data products you would get 2 - 3 GB for that price.

We find customers who require really large data caps are often downloading 24/7.  This uses up much more of the cellsite's resources than we would like.  P2P applications in particular are creating multiple TCP streams which uses up the air interface allowance for that user.  If these users move to a marginal signal area, it is even worse, as we need to also send a lot of error correction with the payload.  If a lot of users signed up on a plan like this it could affect the experience of those customers who are using their connection in a burstable manner.  The air interface is the main constraint and is the hardest and most expensive thing to increase capacity on.

Therefore, we prefer to sell those customers our fixed line plans  Smile as the technology is better suited to their application.

Having your own network doesn't necessarily reduce your costs.  There are large costs in cellsite leases, linking the cellsites together, backhauling the traffic nationally and providing international bandwidth.  There is also an enormous capital investment that has an associated cost of capital.

The number of users per cell tower depends on distribution of the plans they are on, and the type of cell tower.  Our cellsites can have between 1 and 9 NodeB's (basestations) which directly affect their capacity.


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