Internet Solutions (IS), a South African converged communications services provider, last week launched the first HSDPA GSM router. The device, which runs on cellular networks, allows for secure multi bearer GSM connectivity including HSDPA, 3G, Edge and GPRS and includes a wireless access point.

The device will be aimed at servicing several requirements in the SA corporate market including: A primary network or Internet access medium for SOHO or small remote offices; an access medium for temporary offices, conferences and shows; a wifi hotspot device as well as a failover device for critical networks that only have terrestrial based infrastructure.

“We are very excited about the launch of this product and have been working closely with Option Wireless and LayerOne to provide what we believe is the best GSM router device in the world,” says Richard Vester, manager, Mobile Solutions at IS. “In the last seven months we have tested over sixteen devices and found that the Globesurfer was the fastest, smallest, easiest to use and most cost-effective by a long way. Our findings have been echoed by the networks and we are now in the process of putting together a GSM package in association with at least one network”

Some of the main features of the Globesurfer that stood out for IS was the support of HSDPA, which is not available from other devices and provides up to 1.8 megs of throughput in HSDPA areas; as well as the fact that the device is built by Option Wireless, the largest GSM modem producer in the world shipping over 2 million devices a year.

“We felt that it was important to adopt the best technology available with the right levels of support, instead of trying to develop something ourselves or adopting a new untested device. This also allowed us to bring a device to market that was both best of breed and affordable due to volume sales,” says Vester. Internet Solutions expect the device to be available for purchase in mid August.