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Telstra Europe Announces Callplan as First Platinum Partner in UK

5 February 2007, Telstra Europe, one of the UK’s leading telecommunications service providers for business has today announced Callplan as it first Platinum Partner.

Callplan is a subsidiary of telecommunications company Spiritel and it has achieved great success selling Telstra’s complete range of voice and data products to UK businesses.

It is a rapidly growing and profitable business that has been selling Telstra’s services, including outbound and inbound voice, wholesale line rental, broadband, non-geographic numbers and virtual managed data networks for the past two years.

Callplan runs the only independent Telstra-branded sales channel in the UK, operating through a network of independent agents and it has acquired more than 170 SME and corporate clients, including blue chip UK customers.

As a Platinum Partner, Callplan will benefit from enhanced levels of support from Telstra to help win new business. This will include advanced sales training, sales and technical support for complex hosting and network solutions, marketing funds, lead generation campaigns and the promotion of complementary services on Telstra’s website and intranet.

Les Johns, Director of Sales, Enterprise at Telstra Europe, said “Callplan has achieved enormous business growth working with Telstra and this award reaffirms our commitment to our strategic business partnership. We commissioned Yankee Group research last year which clearly showed that carrier commitment was the number one driver for channel development ranking more highly than pricing incentives and lead generation. As a Platinum Partner, Callplan will benefit from additional investment which will help accelerate its business in the UK.”

“As business demand for converged voice and data solutions, hosting and managed network services continues to grow in the UK, we are confident our strategic partnership will flourish in 2007 and beyond,” he added.

Andrew Gedny, Managing Director of Callplan, said: “I am delighted by this accreditation from Telstra, which rewards our success to date and highlights our future potential. Telstra’s dedicated account management, technical expertise, in-depth training and marketing support proved invaluable in helping us our success to date. We are confident that by working even more closely together as a Platinum Partner, both our companies will continue to grow and develop in the future.”

For further information:

Kathryn Hughes
Hbl media
Tel: 020 7612 1830

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About Telstra Europe

Telstra Europe is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX:TLS). Operational in Europe for over 14 years, Telstra offers an extensive range of voice and data services including total managed network solutions using Global IP-VPN (MPLS), Internet, ATM, Frame Relay, Private Lines, hosting and co-location services and enhanced voice solutions to medium sized business and multinational corporations in the UK. Additional value added services include fully managed CPE, network reporting, consulting, planning, project management, service tools, which enable customers to monitor and view their network status 24/7 and customer support seven days a week.

Delivering connectivity business solutions, value-added services and complex managed IP solutions, Telstra Europe’s portfolio is complemented by its independently-owned and managed switched network. Switches are located in London, Birmingham and Manchester working alongside 14 co-location points throughout the UK. Additionally, state-of-the-art, resilient datacentres are located in London, Docklands, Cambridge and Sunderland.

Parent company, Telstra Corporation Limited, is a full service global telecommunications company.

About Spiritel plc

Spiritel plc (AIM: STP) is a telecommunications group that joined the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in July 2004. It acquired Call plan in September 2006. It has multiple routes to market for our products and services, which include a range of both traditional and emerging telecoms technologies. Spiritel’s client base includes corporate, wholesale and retail customers served directly through our value added reseller division Spiritel Retail, via web portals and through independent resellers.

Spiritel, in partnership with Oxfam, has launched the directory enquiries service 118 918, from which Oxfam receives 9p from every call made.

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