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Pacific Internet and Southern Cross Telco sign alliance to deliver bundled internet and telco solutions for business

  • 10 September, 2003 10:49

<p>Leading business Internet Service Provider (ISP), Pacific Internet, and national telecommunications company Southern Cross Telco (SCT) today announced a strategic alliance to deliver high quality, well-priced bundled long distance and mobile phone services with broadband and dial-up internet, to small businesses in rural and regional Australia.</p>
<p>Pacific Internet (Australia) managing director, Dennis Muscat said; “The deal with SCT supports Pacific Internet’s focus on growing broadband penetration among small business, particularly in regional Australia where there is still such a great technical divide with only 18 per cent of internet enabled small businesses connected to broadband, compared to 49 per cent in metropolitan areas,” (Pacific Internet Broadband Barometer, July 03).</p>
<p>“SCT has built a very successful business as the alternative to Telstra in regional Australia. The alliance will bring more choice to regional Australia and an affordable alternative to the existing small business solutions offered by tier-1 telcos,” he said.</p>
<p>The deal will see SCT re-sell Pacific Internet’s business and home broadband and dial-up internet services to its 20,000 plus fixed line and mobile small business customers.</p>
<p>SCT’s managing director, John Lawrence, said the partnership would deliver benefits for his company not only in terms of revenue growth, but also as part of an expanding focus on bringing end-to-end solutions to this market.</p>
<p>“Our entry into the internet market with Pacific Internet as a partner is an exciting new initiative for the company. By focusing on what both organisations do well, we are able to deliver the best outcomes for our customers. Both companies focus on providing quality products and services backed by a focus on customer service at all levels - a feature which is often absent in most other telecommunications providers,” said Mr Lawrence.</p>
<p>“Pacific Internet’s products are also clearly aligned to our market’s needs. Small businesses demand value, reliability and security - values that SCT has always incorporated in our telecommunication solutions. Now by partnering with Pacific Internet, we can extend these values in internet services.”</p>
<p>The new bundled telecommunications and internet solutions will be available to SCT customers from September 1, 2003.</p>
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<p>About Pacific Internet (Australia) Pty Ltd.</p>
<p>Pacific Internet (Australia) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Internet Limited
(NASDAQ: PCNTF), the largest telco-independent internet service provider (ISP) in the Asia-Pacific region by geographic reach including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Launched in Australia in 1999, Pacific Internet (Australia) acquired five leading ISPs including HunterLink (Newcastle's number one business ISP), Zip World (Sydney), Mira Networking (Melbourne), the Hub Communications (Brisbane) and Zeta Internet (Sydney) and today provides internet services for business and home customers across Australia. These include broadband and narrowband connectivity, web hosting, collocation and other value added services.
For further information visit www.pacific.net.au</p>
<p>About Southern Cross Telco &amp; Mobile</p>
<p>Southern Cross Telco &amp; Mobile (SCT) is wholly owned subsidiary of Newtel Holdings LLC, with operations in Australia, USA, Switzerland, Ireland and Spain. SCT began operations in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1994 as a switchless reseller of fixed line services (owns no infrastructure) and CDMA mobile. In October this year the company will be reselling Telstra GSM service thus offering a consolidated mobile package for its small business customers. SCT has a total customer base of 13,000 switchless voice resale customers and 7,000 CDMA mobile network customers.
For further information visit www.scmobile.com.au</p>
<p>For media interview and further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Caroline Shawyer
Corporate Communications Manager
Pacific Internet (Australia)
Mob: 0404 084 319
Direct Tel: (03) 9674 7661
caroline_s@pacific.net.au</p>

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