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Crown Castle and Downer Crown Castle Wireless Services (DCC Wireless Services) seals Turnkey Infrastructure Deal with Unwired Australia

  • 27 April, 2004 10:50

<p>27 April 2004, Sydney…Crown Castle and new joint venture group DCC Wireless Services today signed deals with Unwired Australia valued at over $15 million dollars.</p>
<p>The first agreement will provide Unwired with key access to Crown Castle’s 1,400 wireless infrastructure sites across Australia. The second with DCC Wireless Services provides turnkey site acquisition, design, deployment, and maintenance services for the national rollout of Unwired Australia’s network.</p>
<p>Mr Udhay Mathialagan, Director Strategic Development, Crown Castle Australia said of the agreement, “We have taken an integrated approach to Unwired’s needs as a new wireless operator. Speed to market is essential, and our innovatively packaged solution means that Unwired can take advantage of Crown Castle’s extensive infrastructure while streamlining the process to achieve a rapid network rollout within a cost competitive structure.”</p>
<p>He added, “Working with DCC Wireless Services, a joint venture between Crown Castle and Downer Engineering, we are able to bundle a services package that includes design, construction and deployment, giving Unwired a turnkey solution.” This is the first contract to be awarded since the announcement of the new joint venture between Crown Castle and Downer Engineering.</p>
<p>Commenting on the announcement, Mr David Spence, Chief Executive, Unwired Australia said, “As a new operator we want to concentrate on the marketing of our service to potential customers and ensuring that those customers know they are valued and have a good experience in dealing with us.</p>
<p>He added, “The agreement with both Crown Castle and DCC Wireless Services gives us access to highly skilled teams of design, construction and maintenance engineers. It enables us to move quickly and build a national network efficiently with teams that have extensive network expertise with national coverage.”</p>
<p>The service will be provided through a Wireless Access network that will facilitate the delivery of a bundle of portable broadband and voice services in most major urban and regional centres across Australia.</p>
<p>The network will launch in Sydney first with 95 per cent coverage of the city.</p>
<p>About Unwired Australia
Unwired owns spectrum that covers approximately 95% of the Australian population and, starting with Sydney, intends to build a fixed wireless access business focusing on the delivery of broadband data and voice over IP services to consumers and businesses. The Unwired service is currently being trialed in Sydney and Unwired anticipates commercial deployment in Sydney in the first half of 2004.</p>
<p>More information on Unwired can be found at http://www.unwired.com.au <http:></http:></p>
<p>About Crown Castle
Crown Castle Australia engineers, deploys, owns and operates technologically advanced shared wireless infrastructure, including an extensive network of towers. Crown Castle Australia is the largest independent tower operator in Australia, with its nationwide portfolio of around 1400 towers providing sites for cellular coverage to over 92% of the population.</p>
<p>For more information on Crown Castle Australia, visit: www.crowncastle.com <http:></http:></p>
<p>For further information contact:
Crown Castle Unwired Australia
Veronica Kennedy-Good Michelle Podvinec/Jude Stupples
Mindshare Communications Hausmann Communications
Mobile: 0416 101 110 Tel: 02 9361 3777
E: veronica@mindsharecomms.com.au E: michelle@hausmann.com.au</p>

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