Airespring Inc. (Booths 300-302) announced that it has become a certified CLEC in California and soon will launch local service in the state for sale exclusively through its agent channel. Other states will be turned up later in the year.
Daniel Lonstein, senior vice president of marketing for Airespring, says the company is testing accounts using UNE-P from SBC Communications Inc. It also is negotiating with other CLECs to use their facilities.
On the UNE-P platform, Lonstein says Airespring will offer a bundled local and long-distance service as well as its International Super Dial service, which it rolled out to the channel earlier this month as an alternative to expensive international wireless termination rates. He adds there will not be an unlimited long-distance component because the company has concluded it’s a "self-selecting" product that is abused by high-volume users.
Rates have not been determined, but Lonstein says there likely will be three plans offering 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent discounts off the Bell rate. Commissions also have not been determined.
On the CLEC facilities, Airespring expects to offer businesses local T1, local PRI, integrated T1 along with its long-distance services, toll-free and international termination.
Aside from California, Airespring plans to enter Florida, New York and Texas within the next three to six months, says Lonstein.
In other news, Airespring rolled out new dedicated Internet pricing at the end of February. Lonstein says agents can sell a full T1 as low as $229 per month and a DS3 at $3,225. He adds these are not oversubscribed lines and are provided directly to a Tier1 provider.