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PBA Signs Master Access Agreement with Crown Castle for National Rollout

  • 15 April, 2004 07:45

<p>15 April, Sydney….Personal Broadband Australia Pty Ltd. (PBA) announced today that it has signed a five year Master Access Agreement with Crown Castle International. The Agreement allows PBA access to Crown Castle’s 1,400 wireless infrastructure sites across Australia.</p>
<p>Speaking on the announcement Jim Cooney, CEO, PBA said, “Crown Castle has had a close involvement with PBA since its inception and this agreement will help us to quickly deploy our iBurst services across Australia. “</p>
<p>“As Australia’s leading independent owner and operator of shared wireless infrastructure, we are committed to assisting new wireless players such as PBA in the rollout of its network,” said Mr Andrew Bailey, Managing Director, Crown Castle International. He added, “Our extensive network of sites around Australia will ensure PBA a rapid market entry.”</p>
<p>PBA has already built an iBurst network in Sydney covering over 1,000,000 people and 200,000 homes. The company will widen this coverage with the deployment of further base stations and extend the iBurst network into Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra later this year.</p>
<p>Cooney concluded, “With the official iBurst service launched last month, access to Crown Castle’s base station sites will help us to maintain high levels of quality, availability, reliability, responsiveness and support as customer numbers increase.”</p>
<p>About Personal Broadband Australia
Personal Broadband Australia is an Australian company that provides wireless personal broadband access services on a wholesale basis to distributors such as ISPs, carriers, enterprises and mobile operators. These services give customers high speed, low cost broadband access to the Internet, e-mail and other applications while also giving them complete freedom to move. Personal Broadband Australia uses ArrayComm, Inc.’s iBurst Personal Broadband technology. Investors include ArrayComm, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Australia and Kyocera. PBA successfully completed commercial trials of its iBurst service in October 2003 with over 400 trial users. At present, PBA has a network in Sydney covering more than 100 sq km in the inner metro areas; with a base station roll-out plan to more than triple the coverage over the next six months.</p>
<p>iBurst is a trademark of ArrayComm, Inc.</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 1402 towers providing sites for cellular coverage to over 92% of the population.</p>
<p>For more information on Crown Castle Australia, visit:</p>
<p>For further information contact:
Crown Castle Personal Broadband Australia
Veronica Kennedy-Good Natalie Clayton
Mindshare Communications Red Agency
Mobile: 0416 101 110 Tel: 02 9955 7877

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