Somebody emailed me saying they’re interestend in Amobia’s Broadband service but.. they were an iBurst customer for a while, they are now a Vodacom customer and because of all the hardware costs involved they can’t really motivate another switch.
I think this points to high levels of confusion in the market. It seems people marketing “broadband” are in an arms race to create expectations. It’s a case of over promise, under deliver.
I guess Sentech MyWireless was the master of this tactic.
I responded with a simple comparison (fundamental differences) of these options:
Vodacom – mobile, non-line of sight (3G / HSDPA)
iBurst – nomadic, mostly non-line of sight (depends or where you are)
Amobia – fixed, requires line of sight (outdoor fixed wireless)
Amobia provides a fixed, single location service (think ADSL without the copper wire), but because our technology requires line of sight (to the access point) speeds are much more stable and predictable. When we say 2Mbps, it’s 2Mbps.
There are other factors to consider, like over-subscription ratios on available frequency spectrum resources (number of people connecting to a “tower”), upstream internet and peering links.. but the above is a very practical differentiation.
Hope that helps.
Update: Upload Speed
Another point to compare is upload speed. Services like 3G and ADSL often make the assumption that users only want good speeds in the download direction and limit upload speeds. Amobia offers the same speed in both directions.