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BigAir expands its iBurst customer base

  • 07 June, 2006 12:08

<p>Acquisition of T3 Wireless iBurst customers</p>
<p>BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL) today announced the acquisition of iBurst customers from T3 Wireless, a subsidiary of Pacific Internet. Additionally, T3 Wireless will assist with the migration of its existing iBurst retail channel distribution agreements across to BigAir, further enhancing BigAir’s distribution capability.</p>
<p>BigAir will acquire approximately 800 iBurst customers which will expand its iBurst subscriber base by almost 10 percent to around 8,500. The acquisition will add more than $600,000 in annualised revenues to BigAir. The iBurst service delivers high speed mobile internet access enabling customers to access their email and office network and to surf the internet while away from the office or on the road.</p>
<p>“The customers we are acquiring are mostly professional users with higher than average ARPU (average revenue per user) and higher than average margins. We expect to see ongoing margin improvements as our customer base continues to grow,” said BigAir CEO, Jason Ashton.</p>
<p>“This acquisition also represents a significant opportunity for expansion of BigAir’s retail distribution channels which in turn will help us to grow the BigAir brand and customer base,” said Jason Ashton.</p>
<p>As the only Australian wireless provider that offers a complete range of high speed fixed wireless, portable wireless and mobile wireless broadband services, BigAir has seen demand for its wireless broadband services increase steadily over the last 12 months. The growth in the demand for the flexible mobile wireless iBurst product supports BigAir’s belief that mobile internet access will follow the lead of the mobile phone, where Australians now have more mobile phone accounts than they do fixed line telephone accounts.</p>
<p>Information technology and telecommunications market intelligence and advisory firm, IDC, predicts the total Australian market for wireless broadband will exceed 386,000 subscribers and $243 million by 2009 with a growth rate almost three times that of the overall broadband market. Furthermore IDC expects wireless broadband to carry a significant pricing premium versus other broadband services due to the benefits it offers.</p>
<p>About BigAir Group Limited
BigAir is a wireless broadband service provider which offers high speed data telecommunications services to customers over three state of the art wireless networks in Australia. BigAir owns and operates its own fixed wireless network covering the Sydney metro area, and is the largest provider of customer services on the iBurst mobile wireless network with coverage in all Australian Eastern Capital cities. BigAir also provides services on the Unwired network which has coverage in Sydney and Melbourne. Access to these networks position BigAir as the only integrated wireless service provider in Australia.</p>
<p>BigAir is a Licensed Telecommunications Carrier and is expanding its own network across Sydney, with plans to rollout in other capital cities, using carrier-grade high-speed wireless equipment. BigAir is able to offer a range of communication solutions including high-speed symmetric broadband from 2M to 100M, Layer 2 and VPN services, hosting and co-location of servers in secure data centre environment, and more recently business-grade Voice over IP (VoIP) services. BigAir is able to offer a comprehensive range of advanced wireless communications services to Australian businesses. For more information, please visit www.bigair.com.au.</p>

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