PowerTel Expands Access With New Deal

[Sydney, Australia] — National telecommunications carrier
PowerTel will look to expand its
network delivery in preparation for digital broadcasting, after forming a
strategic relationship with fellow carrier Soul Pattinson
Telecommunications (SPT).

Through the deal, PowerTel is seeking to reach “new and complementary
markets”, according to chief executive officer Stephen Butler, with his
compny continuing its primary focus on Central Business District areas,
while SPT develops its regional focus.

The agreement will provide both companies with a fully diverse network
offering, with SPT’s microwave network complemented by PowerTel’s fibre
optic network.

With their combined microwave/fibre optic service, each company will
also be able to enhance their regional coverage, as PowerTel will be able
to gain access to the SPT network in regional Australia, while SPT will
have access to PowerTel’s reach in and between capital cities along the
eastern seaboard.

This network is designed to handle loads from digital television
broadcasting that is to commence next year, and for this reason the new
telco partners will be targeting television broadcasters, and sectors that
require secure networks.

SPT is currently completing its network from Sydney to Brisbane, intends
to finish its Sydney to Melbourne network over the next 12 months.

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