[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Broadband service provider Quadtel
Limited has won a preferred supplier contract with Telstra for ADSL modems. Quadtel expects
the preferred supplier status to be worth $4 million in the year 2000,
increasing to beyond $10 million by mid 2001.
Telstra is currently rolling out a $200 million ADSL infrastructure which
was commercially launched on August 21, following trials during which
Quadtel was the sole modem supplier.
Quadtel will supply and install Alcatel’s Speedtouch modem to residential
and business customers of ISPs who use Telstra’s wholesale ADSL service,
“We expect ADSL will attract ever increasing numbers of Internet-connected
consumers and businesses to broadband due to its accessibility,
cost-effectiveness and speed,” said Quadtel CEO, David Ramsay. “With ADSL,
users will be able to download CD quality music, compete in multiplayer
networked games and experience rich multimedia content over a permanent
connection. As international experience has shown, a rich set of new
business opportunities will also open to early-adopters of broadband
Quadtel claimed the supplier arrangement will enable it to grow rapidly as
Telstra rolls out its network and the customer base expands. “In the USA and
parts of Asia, such as Korea, the customer base has grown by several million
so far this year. Quadtel will provide consultancy to its customers to
assist their rapid take-up of ADSL and to improve their competitive
position,” the company said in a statement to the ASX.