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Request expansion continues with new staff appointments

  • 15 September, 2003 10:48

<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 September 2003</p>
<p>Request expansion continues with new staff appointments
Strong financial results coupled with accelerating growth ensures continued investment in specialist telecommunications expertise</p>
<p>Request Broadband Pty Ltd (Request), leading Australian broadband services provider, has, over the last few months, attracted a number of experienced industry professionals to join its team.</p>
<p>Chris Pearl has been appointed NSW State Manager with Helena Ng joining him in the support role of Customer Solution Consultant in the Request Sydney office. Pearl has recently returned to Sydney after nine years in Adelaide where his last position was working with ETSA (Electricity Trust of South Australia) and the authority’s fibre rollout statewide. Previous roles included State Manager Dun and Bradstreet. Helena’s last role was three years with CoSine Communications in Singapore, HK and Korea. Prior roles were with Lucent and Alcatel in Australia. Helena has expertise in Virtual Private Network (VPN) network architecture design, integration and deployment for business customers.</p>
<p>To support the increasing pace of product development and the continuing expansion of its national broadband IP network, Request has appointed Steve Smith to join the company’s broadband network design and development team. Smith has extensive experience in network design, having formerly worked with Bearing Point (KPMG Consulting) as a senior network architect principally on the design of broadband internet service delivery, deployment and maintenance for a major Australian carrier.</p>
<p>With the increasing numbers of VPNs and multi-site networks that Request has deployed and now has under management for Australian businesses, a new management role has been established with the appointment of David Gale as the company’s, VPN/Multi-site Solution Delivery Manager.</p>
<p>Kim Wingerei is Request’s new General Manager Strategic Business Development. Wingerei’s role is to identify and implement strategies to accelerate the growth of the Request business, particularly through acquisitions. “With a varied international background that includes roles in corporate advisory, sales management within the telecommunications industry and managing systems integration companies, Kim brings an additional dimension to the Request management team," said Phil Sykes, Request CEO.</p>
<p>The new members of the Request team bring significant business and technical experience with their appointments. “Request’s key business differentiator is its ability to transform highly complex technology and systems into cost effective, broadband networking solutions that add tangible value to Australian businesses,” said Sykes.</p>
<p>Request has won two prestigious industry awards over the last two weeks - the CommsWorld Telecomms 2003 industry award for Broadband Wholesale Carrier of the Year and the ATUG Telecommunications 2003 award for Excellence in Telecommunications. Sykes attributes this success to Request’s increasing levels of innovation and service quality, the strength of its partnership with channels and broadened market awareness of the company’s products and services.</p>
<p>Today, Request has over 11,500 business sites connected to its network and an estimated 80,000 end users.
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About Request
Request is an infrastructure-based broadband applications and services company delivering flexible and innovative broadband solutions to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout Australia. Request’s broadband services are sold in all capital cities and major regional centres through over 160 Request Service Providers.</p>
<p>Delivering on the need for multi-site customer networking Request's Next Generation broadband IP Network architecture specifically supports business evolution to high performance IP-centric internet and e-business applications. Core products include RequestVPN, RequestXpress and RequestSoHo.</p>
<p>In choosing Request, companies are able to quickly and cost effectively establish high-speed internet access, private networks between multiple office locations, voice over IP, video over IP, remote access to corporate networks over the same broadband link without the need for additional infrastructure.</p>
<p>September 2003 saw the company win the ATUG Telecommunications 2003 award for Excellence in Telecommunications. In August 2003, Request achieved the highly prestigious CommsWorld Telecomms 2003 industry award for Broadband Wholesale Carrier of the Year. Other awards include the 2003 ATUG Industry award for Best Communications Solution - SME for its RequestVPN solution and Carrier of the Year 2002 ATUG award.</p>
<p>Request investors include, among others, Telecom Venture Group (TVG) and Pilbara Mines. For more information on Request, visit</p>
<p>Issued by Rivers of Communication
On behalf of Request</p>
<p>Media enquiries
Phil Sykes, CEO, Request, tel: +61 3 8628 2700 / 0419 979 816,
Dolores Diez, Rivers of Communication, tel: +61 3 9572 4552 / 0417 330 881,

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