14/11/2006 - 21:00

Mobile network moves

14/11/2006 - 21:00

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The telecommunications industry in Western Australia has witnessed considerable action of late, with Nedlands-based mobile phone service provider Commoditel Ltd successfully settling on the acquisition of 20,000 post-paid subscribers from Vodafone, which

Mobile network moves

The telecommunications industry in Western Australia has witnessed considerable action of late, with Nedlands-based mobile phone service provider Commoditel Ltd successfully settling on the acquisition of 20,000 post-paid subscribers from Vodafone, which is expanding its WA headquarters as the rollout of its 3G network in Perth metro area continues.

The acquisition, for a scrip deal worth $4.5 million, is expected to boost Commoditel’s revenue from its pre- and post-paid customers to about $1 million a month and allow the company to further increase its marketing activities and build its customer base.

Commoditel managing director David Sweet said that, through its recent acquisitions, the company was now delivering services and deriving revenue from both pre- and post-paid markets.

“Commoditel has contracted United Customer Management Services (UCMS) to continue to provide the billing and customer care service that it was providing for the Vodafone customer base that we have acquired,” he said.

“This allows us to concentrate on proactive sales and marketing programs to further expand the revenue base through building customer retention and loyalty.”

Mr Sweet said the board would continue to assess opportunities to acquire and consolidate mobile customer bases within Australia as well as evaluate emerging technologies that could supplement the business.

Commoditel acquired its pre-paid customer base from AAPT in December 2005 and has consolidated and grown the base since then, with the release of the new ‘Just’ prepaid product.

In an effort to gain a greater share of the telecommunications market, Vodafone is expanding its West Perth headquarters, creating four new senior positions and the possibility of further senior hirings in the next four months.

The group is in the midst of expanding its third generation network across the metropolitan area, having recently rolled-out the second stage of its network.

By 2007, the 3G network, following the completion of phase four of the rollout, will stretch from Mindarie (north of Perth) to Coogee (south of Perth).

The network supports Vodafone live! with 3G – a mobile entertainment and information service, and Vodafone Mobile Connect with 3G – a mobile broadband service for PC and Apple Mac laptops.

Meanwhile, Subiaco-based Norwood Systems is to sell the operating assets of its telephony business to Jtech Australia for $450,000, to be payable in three equal instalments.

New South Wales-based Jtech is a non-associated party and claims to be the world leader in on-site paging for the hospitality industry.

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