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gotalk acquires World Telecom
- 03 April, 2008 20:27
<p>AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND’S MULTI MILLION DOLLAR PHONE CARD SECTOR CONSOLIDATES:</p>
<p>Broadband/VoIP/Naked DSL mid tier telco gotalk acquires World Telecom:</p>
<p>• IN BRIEF: The multimillion dollar Australian and New Zealand phone card sector consolidated further today with the announcement that fast growing trans Tasman telco gotalk has acquired one of its largest rivals, World Telecom. Announcing the acquisition today, CEO Steve Picton said he expected the deal would substantially boost his company’s annual phone card sales currently averaging around $100 million a year from E-Pay, Touch Terminals, shortly on DialTime, and more than 30,000 Retail Outlets such as newsagents, convenience stores, telco specialists, electronic terminals and Post Offices.</p>
<p>• The colourful, and often exotically named phone card sector operates in an intensely competitive market with more than 80 cards on offer from about eighteen phone card companies. Current gotalk phonecard sales have been quoted at more than $8 million in unique cash sales per month. The dollar value of the World Telecom deal is commercial-in-confidence and will not be released by either party. World Telecom key management and sales staff will be retained. As the detailed release below notes, the World Telecom acquisition is part of gotalk’s continuing growth strategy which follows the mid 2007 purchase of Telstra’s international calling cards, Say G’day and Super Buzz and combines with their current award winning VoIP and Naked DSL announcements. Please contact Steve Picton on 0416 269 177 or Terry Quinn on 0439 710 418 for more information.</p>
<p>TELCO PRESS RELEASE: GOTALK ACQUIRES WORLD TELECOM BUSINESS – ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST PHONECARD COMPANIES.</p>
<p>• Acquisition makes gotalk the clear leader in the multimillion dollar phone card distribution market in Australia and New Zealand, says CEO Steve Picton. “It will certainly improve our unique phone card sales currently averaging around $100 Million a year.”</p>
<p>SYDNEY: Thursday April 3:</p>
<p>GOTALK ACQUIRES WORLD TELECOM BUSINESS :
Following the recent acquisition of Telstra’s international phonecards Say G’day and Super Buzz, gotalk today announced it has now also acquired one of Australia’s largest phonecard companies ‘World Telecom’ and its key phonecard brands including Go Bananas, Pay Peanuts, Minute Max and Stealth.
• “This acquisition adds to our ability to have the right product for any international caller and will certainly improve our phonecard’s unique sales revenue which currently averages around $100 million a year,” says CEO Steve Picton.
• gotalk limited is an Australian owned, publicly unlisted, fast growing, full service (VoIP/Broadband/Naked DSL) telecommunications company with sales in excess of $165 million per annum. gotalk handles over a billion international call minutes per year - which equates to 20% of all Australian outbound international telco traffic - through its own state of the art switching centre.
For more information contact Steve Picton 0416 269 177 or Terry Quinn 0439 710 418) or check out the websites www.gotalk.com.au; www.worldtelecom.com.au</p>
<p>Expanding Trans Tasman Telco gotalk limited today announced the formal acquisition of World Telecom and its key phonecard brands including Go Bananas, Pay Peanuts, Minute Max and Stealth.
The acquisition follows the mid 2007 purchase of Telstra’s international calling cards, Say G’day and Super Buzz which took effect last June.</p>
<p>According to CEO Steve Picton, the World Telecom acquisition now makes gotalk the clear phonecard distribution market leader in Australia.</p>
<p>“World Telecom is a significant phonecard services company in Australia, and its cards are available on E-Pay, Touch Terminals and shortly on DialTime, and have strong representation in Retail Outlets,” Mr. Picton said.</p>
<p>“This acquisition adds to gotalk’s strong performance in the prepaid phonecard space, coming off the recent acquisition of Telstra’s International phonecards Say G”Day and Super Buzz. And will add to the portfolio of cards that cover all the international calling needs of consumers.”</p>
<p>“Clearly World Telecom has been a strong performer and it is our intention to further invest in its core capabilities to allow its management to take it to a new level. For gotalk it is a significant investment in broadening its Retailer distribution and we are excited at the incremental opportunities it brings” Mr. Picton said.</p>
<p>“As far as World Telecom customers and retailers are concerned there will be no change as we are also retaining key management and sales staff and World Telecom will continue to operate as an independent group within gotalk”, he said.</p>
<p>The acquisition will take gotalk into a clear market leadership position in the prepaid phonecard sector. Already gotalk has broad reach in all retail channels with both electronic and physical presence. gotalk products are in Coles, Woolworths, Australia Post, 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex and a number of other leading retailers.</p>
<p>“World Telecom adds further to gotalk’s ability to have the right product for any international caller. gotalk will also be taking these brands in to the New Zealand market where we are currently experiencing rapid growth,” Mr. Picton said.</p>
gotalk was established in 2000 and has grown steadily through acquiring other businesses and creating new and exciting cutting edge products. gotalk continues to develop and deliver innovative products. For its prepaid services it uses a unique Universal Recharge account available to customers to better manage and share their spend across a range of prepaid mobile, internet, broadband voice (VoIP) and phonecard services all from the one account. gotalk’s range of postpaid products includes fixed line voice, mobile, broadband and dial up internet and broadband voice (VoIP).
One of the major strengths of gotalk is its ability to distribute products through its cardcall subsidiary, the market leader in prepaid phonecards, which has a 30,000 strong retailer network in Australia and New Zealand. gotalk has established strong corporate partnerships with Australia Post, Harvey Norman, BP, Caltex, Woolworths, Coles, Domayne, Dick Smith, Tandy and Harris Technology. gotalk has a large operations centre located at Varsity Lakes on Queensland's Gold Coast, while its corporate office is located in Sydney.</p>