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Gotalk signs new "Bush Broadband" deal with Telstra
- 23 February, 2009 20:32
<p>PRESS RELEASE : Sydney: Monday February 23:</p>
<p>A new “superfast” ADSL2 broadband deal signed by Telstra and Gold Coast based telco gotalk promises low cost, speed efficient Regional services “well in advance of any future National Broadband Network being built today – according to CEO Steve Picton (contact him on 0416 269 177 or Terry Quinn on 0439 710 418 to arrange interview time).</p>
<p>• Gotalk signs wholesale Superfast Broadband deal with Telstra – targets regional Australia – including “neglected” Tasmania.
• CEO says new deal will offer low cost, speed efficient broadband services to Metro and Regional Australia “well in advance of any future National Broadband Network being built today.”</p>
<p>(Contacts: CEO Steve Picton 0416 269 177; Pauline Sabin 0400 5145 79; PR Terry Quinn 0439 710 418.</p>
<p>Fast growing Trans Tasman telco gotalk has signed a wholesale Broadband ADSL2 agreement with Telstra, to begin March 2. Full costing details will be available after that date on www.gotalk.com.au</p>
<p>The deal gives the full service, leading telco market innovator immediate access to around 1400 telephone exchanges nationwide equipped with ADSL2+ infrastructure plus access to a further 1300 exchanges that can deliver broadband speeds up to 8Mbps.
According to CEO Steve Picton the Telstra deal will enable gotalk to deliver affordable Superfast Broadband at speeds of 8Mbps - 24 Mbps to over 90% of Regional Australians – “well in advance of any future National Broadband Network being built today.”</p>
<p>"The combination of the quality and reach of the Telstra broadband network and gotalk's innovation and low cost delivery offers the very best Consumer proposition to the widest possible audience,” Picton said.</p>
<p>“In these tough economic times the gotalk Voip and Broadband package allows real savings in the family budget wherever you live. Increasingly Broadband is no longer a discretionary service and gotalk’s Telstra enabled cost effective plans enable its powerful capabilities to be within the economic reach of all Australians.”</p>
<p>“Gotalk's industry award winning Aussie VoIP service continues to attract more and more new customers and coupled with its cost effective ADSL provides improved voice quality and end to end savings,” Mr. Picton said</p>
<p>Gotalk’s new cost efficient competitive ADSL2+ service starts from just $39.95 for 10GB of included data in Metro areas. Complete regional costings will be available after March 2 on www.gotalk.com.au</p>
<p>Customers signing up to gotalk’s new plans will have access to generous off peak allowances, and will also be able to purchase additional blocks of download data to top up their plan limit to avoid having their speed reduced.</p>
<p>“This is particularly exciting news for regional Australia, much of which has been starved of competition in the past,”says CEO Steve Picton. “ gotalk is gearing up for what is expected to be high demand for its new services, and has also established bandwidth dedicated to gotalk customers between Tasmania and mainland Australia, including a dedicated backhaul between Tasmania and mainland Australia.This means that gotalk customers won’t be subjected to the usual slow speeds in Tasmania which have attracted much adverse criticism in the past,” Mr. Picton said.</p>
<p>METROPOLITAN NAKED DSL</p>
<p>“To complement the wide coverage which will become available for gotalk ADSL2+ customers following the Telstra agreement, gotalk will also continue to offer Naked DSL plans in metropolitan areas. Naked DSL has proved a popular choice with many customers, who don’t want the added expense of telephone line rental in order to enjoy the benefits of high speed ADSL. Gotalk’s Naked DSL plans all come with a free VoIP account but most customers choose to upgrade to the award winning Aussie Pack, which for just $14.95 a month gives customers loads of included free calls, including calls to Aussie mobiles,” Mr. Picton said.
DSL Plan details are detailed at www.gotalk.com.au</p>
<p>gotalk limited is an Australian owned, public unlisted, fast growing and profitable, full service telecommunications company with sales in excess of $160 million per annum and operations in Australia and New Zealand. The company was established in 2000, is funded by a tightly held group of high net worth indivuals – is debt free and sees expansion opportunities rather than consolidation in the 2009 “downturn”. According to CEO Steve Picton. gotalk has grown steadily through acquiring other businesses and creating new and exciting cutting edge products. Gotalk’s prepaid services use a unique Universal Recharge account which enables customers to 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 plus broadband voice (VoIP). The company provides a range of wholesale and retail telecommunication services through its own state of the art exchange switching centre in Sydney's Castlereagh Street, which handles over a billion international minutes per year - which equates to 20% of all Australian outbound international call traffic.
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. Cardcall is the market leader in its sector with approximately 60 percent of the market, having recently purchased Telstra’s international calling cards, Say G’day and Super Buzz”. gotalk has established strong corporate partnerships with Australia Post, Harvey Norman, BP, Caltex, Woolworths, Coles, Domayne, Dick Smith, Tandy and Harris Technology. The telco has a large operations centre located at Varsity Lakes on Queensland's Gold Coast, while its corporate office is located in Sydney. CEO Steve Picton, was named Queensland’s Technology and Telecommunications Entrepreneur of the Year in July 2007.</p>