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Westel pushes number portability

WESTEL Group Limited’s subsidiary Concentrix Pty Ltd has signed an agreement with major Australian telecommunications carrier ComVergent Telecommunications.

The agreement will provide ComVergent with access to Westel’s phone number portability solutions, which apply to local, mobile, 1300 and 1800 numbers.

Another Westel Group subsidiary, Westel Wireless Systems, recently received its first order for APCO 25 wireless equipment from a major Russian Government agency.

The company expects revenue from this market over the next three years of about $300 million.

Westel began operations in Perth in 1995 with an initial focus of driving mobile phone number portability between carriers, a major barrier to the deregulation of the telecommunications industry.

The company moved its head office to Sydney last year due to the fact its clients – telecommunications carriers – were based on the east coast.

ComVergent director of business communications Lakshman Mawalagedera said the carrier would make sure its customer’s calls were efficiently routed to the right networks in a portable number environment.

“The Concentrix service provides real time access to the most effective and cost efficient routing for calls,” Mr Mawalagedera said.

“This means our customers won’t experience delays in having calls forwarded on from one carrier to another while searching for ported numbers.”

ComVergent commenced operations in 1996 and is one of the fastest growing telecommunications carriers in Australia.

The Westel Group’s cash-in-hand at June 30 was around $13.9 million.

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