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AAISP announce launch of mobile broadband service
Thursday 23 September 2010 14:20:15 by John Hunt

Tech-savy broadband ISP AAISP have announced today that they plan to launch mobile data services starting in October 2010. The company have been working hard testing the service which will offer a 3G data SIM giving full IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity on to the AAISP network.

In a step away from every other mobile broadband provider, this will allow them to offer blocks of IP addresses to users allowing the use of multiple devices as well as 3G-fallback for your DSL service. This means if you have a fixed-line broadband service with AAISP you would be able to route your fixed-line IP's over the mobile broadband connection should there be problems with your line. The company also plan to sell equipment that will allow bonding of a DSL line and 3G mobile broadband together.

The service is also well priced. There is an initial cost of £10 for the SIM and £2 a month for access to the service with data charged at 2.5p per megabyte (plus VAT). This would therefore cost £2.50 for 100MB of data usage. Being a reasonable company, there are no minimum contracts and you do not have to pay the £2 monthly fee until you actually activate the SIM, meaning you can have it as a standby ready for just a £10 up front fee.

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
For a mobile service it sounds pretty reasonably priced, nice :)
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
Indeed - excellent. Of course I'd want it the other way around :-) 3G as the primary with DSL as the fallback (3G is much quicker here) and the idea of bonding is interesting also.
Posted by xela over 6 years ago
£25.00 per GB. Not too bad when compared with other mobile packages, but awful compared to fixed line broadband packages.

Still, if your office was offline due a broadband fault, £25/GB might be a small price to pay to get your office back online and your staff working again - as long as it was only for a few days.
Posted by andrewhearn over 6 years ago
@Mark - our new FireBrick models when released, will have option of connecting a usb dongle -configuration wise either can be the used for fallback...
Posted by mbailey over 6 years ago
what network is this using?
Posted by brucey7191 over 6 years ago
it will be over the 3 network
Posted by ElBobbo over 6 years ago
Sounds reasonable as a fallback option with something like a draytek 2820. Pity the costs are still extortionate (though it's undoubtedly not AAISP's fault).
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
But on three's network 1GB = £1 (15GB/m for £15/m, 24 contract). So £25 per GB is steep that just add public IP. Are there any pay monthly/contract options?
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
I didn't spot the pricing - that's a bit steep :-)

If 3G and DSL were bonded, given the differing download speeds (2.8Mbps for the former, 1.7Mbps for the latter) the great majority of the traffic would go via 3G.

@7GB of usage per month, I could find myself paying perhaps £125 per month for the 3G data traffic based on a 5GB (3G) to 2GB (DSL) split.

I'm sure this will be taken care of in the package, though, and AAISP will get this right.
Posted by therioman over 6 years ago
Sorry, what planet are people on where £25 per GB represents good value. If you're paying anywhere near that per GB you're being had.

Try £15 for 15GB (3, 2 year deal) a month.

Try £5 for 5GB a month (3, existing customer deal)

Even Vodafones old "no committment, no expiry" option was £15 per GB.

I like A&A's technical stuff, but those prices are insane unless you're stupid/rich/unaware.
Posted by MarkHampshire over 6 years ago
I think the basis of the product is that it's used as a backup and thus, likely to attract light data traffic (hopefully, anyway!) - it's.. er, 'odd' people like me who have much quicker 3G than ADSL who would need to take special care with it if bonded. That said, yes, it's rather expensive as expressed in the offer.
Posted by SheepFarmer over 6 years ago
For a business this offers good value for money for the service they're offering.

They're selling a good service, not cheap bandwidth.
Posted by awoodland over 6 years ago
Also the contracts you buy from 3 etc. are almost certainly based on the assumption that you won't use all of your quota every month. Then if you exceed the quota one month data is in the 10p-20p per Mb range, even if you've never exceeded the quota before!

If you're a light user, a business (where the l2tp handover they offer might be useful) or just looking for a backup for the odd hour or two then it really is a good deal in my view.
Posted by nmg196 over 6 years ago
Not sure why the first couple of posters seem to think it's good value! If my maths is correct, it makes it the most expensive service in the UK? Or have I got something wrong? £25 per GB is very very expensive for a mobile service.
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