By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 23) - IT&E has rolled out a high-speed Internet service that bypasses telephone or cable lines.

The company's new service is wireless, with voice and data traveling from IT & E transmission sites to homes and businesses without wires. An antenna-like "outdoor unit'' attached to a home or business catches the wireless Internet transmission.

But those who envision using their laptop computers in restaurants, shopping malls and other places will have to wait a few more months.

John M. Borlas, IT&E president, said within three months, IT&E expects to provide wireless Internet at some frequented places on island.

Discussions with certain businesses are preliminary, he said, so IT&E is not yet naming them. Borlas did say that IT&E's new office in the Micronesia Mall is testing wireless Internet service.

In public places where IT&E will offer wireless Internet service, the service will be available within a 600-feet radius, according to Tom Camacho, assistant vice president for sales and marketing at IT&E.

For now, IT&E's existing wireless broadband service may offer an alternative to island homes and businesses located in areas where they've been unable to receive Internet service via telephone or cable lines.

For example, Borlas said some Barrigada Heights homes are outside of the range of an existing high-speed Internet service which transmits via phone lines.

Telephone service

IT&E's existing wireless broadband service offers an added feature for island residents who want another telephone service provider or who can't get Guam Telephone Authority to repair or install their phone connection fast enough.

People who sign up for IT&E's wireless broadband will receive up to two phone lines, according to Borlas.

The cost of a wireless broadband service starts at $30 a month, according to an IT&E brochure. One phone line packaged with the service costs approximately $15, according to Borlas.

And because wireless broadband does not need a telephone line, the phone line you will have at home or at work will not get busy as a result of Internet use, according to an IT&E brochure.

The speed of IT&E's wireless broadband can reach up to 10 times the speed of a dial-up Internet, according to Borlas.

IT&E also is working to further increase the speed of its wireless broadband Internet connection which, according to the company, will be available later this year.

July 23, 2003

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