Sydney-based services company Techex has been awarded Platinum Partner of the Year 2001 by broadband wholesaler RequestDSL.
The award ceremony, held last week at RequestDSL's inaugural partner conference in Melbourne, culminated a year of rapid growth for RequestDSL, which saw the company end the year with 114 active channel partners.
Techex was followed by Brisbane-based Iexec, which won Gold Partner of the Year and Activ, which won Silver Partner of the Year.
Phil Sykes, RequestDSL's CEO, said the awards recognised not only the volume of sales made by each reseller, but the level of commitment each has shown to RequestDSL.
"These three companies have one thing in common, they were all with RequestDSL from the beginning," he said.
Sykes said the three companies had made significant changes to their businesses, which in effect sees them "betting their future on RequestDSL".
RequestDSL has rolled out 52 points of presence (POPs) in Telstra exchanges throughout the country. It also leverages Telstra's business-grade ADSL network by providing the "last mile" connection without exposing customers to the authentication problems that have plagued Telstra's consumer ADSL service.
Through its channel partners, RequestDSL signed 516 orders for the month of January 2002. By comparison, it took the company nine months after operations began to sign up its first 500 customers.
RequestDSL said it is on target to ramp up the number of new connections to its service to around 1000 per month by June.
Sykes attributes this growth to the fervour of its channel partners, the number of partners it has signed within the past 12 months, and the ability of resellers to sign customers with multiple branch offices in several locations.