BigAir turns to H3G for home for its iBurst customers

19 Nov 2008

Australia’s itWire is reporting that wireless internet provider BigAir has negotiated a deal with Hutchison 3G Australia (H3G) to migrate its customers currently on the iBurst network to the latter; the iBurst network is due to close on 18 December. The move comes after BigAir reportedly failed in a takeover bid for iBurst at the end of October 2008. The deal will see H3G offer all BigAir’s iBurst-based customers a free USB modem and two months free access if they sign up to the H3G service for a two-year period. BigAir noted that it had been in talks with multiple operators, and in a statement said of the H3G offer, ‘Combined with the generous download allowance of 6GB per month BigAir believes that this special offer represents one of the best value offerings in the market for its mobile broadband customers.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, H3G has wireless coverage of approximately 60% of the Australian population, and it is understood that another factor in BigAir’s choice was that its network infrastructure is the closest match to iBurst’s, which operated only in major metro areas.