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PowerTel, owner and operator of one of Australia’s three largest broadband telecommunications networks, has purchased two Ocean fastSSP carrier-grade switches from Telsis to expand its capacity for voice and data services.

PowerTel is using the switches to groom voice and data calls to provide more efficient PSTN access.

PowerTel’s director of engineering and operations, Ron Sinnes, said that the expanded capacity will bring better quality of service to customers. “Using this new grooming facility, we can separate voice and data calls before they enter the core network. This ensures an enhanced quality of service for both our voice and data customers by directing calls to the appropriate service platform.

“PowerTel has experienced 100% traffic growth in the first quarter of 2002. By managing the types of calls on our network more efficiently, our low cost structure is maintained, while minimising call blockage.”

The Telsis switches have a combined capacity of over 500 E1 circuits and were supplied by Telsis Pty Ltd in Sydney. UK-based Telsis offers a wide range of innovative value-added voice and text services, in addition to carrier-grade infrastructure platforms that include IN service control points, switches, advanced IVR solutions and intelligent SMS Routers. Telsis products are in use with major network operators around the world.

In September 2001, PowerTel was named Broadband Wholesale Carrier of the Year at the CommsWorld Telecomms Awards and in the same month was voted Best Emerging Telco by readers of Australian Telecom magazine.

PowerTel owns and operates the third largest 100% fibre optic core network in Australia and is focused on building its corporate, government and wholesale customer business. Customers now include many of Australia’s leading organisations in the information, news and entertainment, banking and finance, and financial services sectors that demand the highest standards of data, voice and Internet services.

PowerTel accesses its customers’ buildings in Australia’s major cities through existing energy ducts. The extensive network makes the company the major competitor in the corporate telecommunications market and Australia’s largest non-government telecommunications group.

It is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (PWT). Its two largest shareholders are Williams Communications of the USA and the DownTown Utilities consortium, which together own 75 per cent of the company’s ordinary shares.

With its headquarters, research and production site in the UK, Telsis ( has sales and support operations in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and Australia. Telsis is represented in Australia through Telsis Pty. Limited, 6/118 Walker Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060. Telephone: +61 (0)2 9978 5300 Fax: +61 (0) 2 9978 5333.

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Further editorial information:

PowerTel -

Ann Combe
Marketing Communications & Media Relations Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 8264 4540

Telsis -

Adrian Swatridge
+44 (0) 1489 885877

Telsis Pty. Ltd:

Kim Blacker +61 (0) 2 9978 5300

Sage Partnership:

Kevin Fiske
+44 (0) 1189 344007

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