Davnet bows out of telecommunication market

Davnet bows out of telecommunication market

Second-tier telecommunication company Davnet has pulled out of the broadband services market with the $16 million sale on Monday of its operating subsidiary Davnet Telecommunications (DavTel) to NTT Australia.

Davnet, which in its heyday offered broadband services in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada, was forced into the sale after incurring recent heavy losses, combined with the failure of funding negotiations with a group called The Investment Company of China.

"The overseas operations have all been closed and DavNet's 51 per cent share in DavTel has been sold to NTT," company secretary Mark Hubbard said.

NTT already owned the other 49 per cent of DavTel.

DavTel is Davnet's major asset, and so the sale requires the agreement of Davnet's shareholders at a general meeting in January. As NTT Australia is a subsidiary of Japan's NTT Communications, the sale must also be approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board, which monitors takeovers by foreign companies of Australian companies.

Australian Stock Exchange-listed Davnet now only operates data storage services company e-Datagroup, according to Hubbard. The company offers services in the data management, access, protection, storage and services area.

Davnet is the second Australian telco to leave the market this year, after the May collapse of One.Tel. Independent analyst Paul Budde has repeatedly warned that Australia's telecommunication market is returning to a state of near-monopoly as smaller players find it increasingly difficult to survive.

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