RequestDSL braces for aggressive growth

Local digital subscriber line (DSL) network provider RequestDSL says it is gearing up for aggressive growth this year.

The Melbourne-based broadband services company - 20 per cent owned by mining company Pilbara Mines - said in an ASX statement that it plans to grow in headcount by 35 per cent over the next 12 months.

Moreover, the company made four new senior appointments earlier this week, recruiting a new chairman Justus Veeneklaas, as well as general manager Garry McCarten, national sales manager Brett Bonser and chief financial officer Stephen McFadden - moves which the organisation said lend credibility to its growth plans.

RequestDSL chief executive Phil Sykes told shareholders the company is positioning itself as the local market's leading wholesale DSL service provider.

Sykes added that McCarten, Bonser and McFadden's combined industry experience was key to achieving market leadership.

RequestDSL sources said McCarten is a 20-year, IT&T industry veteran with more than 10 years experience in broadband product areas at Phillips Electronics. He was formerly regional sales manager at integrator MITS and general manager of business development with SPI PowerNet.

Bonser is a marketing and sales management professional of 15 years. He was previously with VTEL Australia, a subsidiary of videoconferencing vendor VTEL Corporation, where he established the subsidiary and its local channel and services businesses.

McFadden has 20 years financial management experience. He was instrumental in Isis Communications' 1999 Australian listing, and in raising $99 million for the company since it floated, according to RequestDSL.

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