PowerTel had scored a NSW Government contract for the supply of telecommunication services to government agencies across the state.
PowerTel investor and media relations manager Sonya Crosby signaled that the deal had been sealed on the basis of the extent of bandwidth the telco could offer coupled with an innovative plan which will guarantee that regional services are maintained.
"One of the key elements of our pitch was the Rural Development Fund, which will see a percentage of every dollar spent in the state funneled directly into regional projects," Crosby said. "We only aim to provide the infrastructure, the communities themselves will indicate how the funds are to be spent."
According to Crosby the deal has spent six months in the pipeline, and was hard fought on behalf of Powertel.
"Apart from our innovative approach to the question of regional services PowerTel was able to offer more bandwidth than our competitors."
Crosby is also signalling the deal as an excellent opportunity for the further development of ISP and ASP services in non-metropolitan areas.
"Our partnership with Soul Patterson has given us access to great reach into regional areas. Once more remote areas have some decent bandwidth to play with the possibilities for development are endless," Crosby said.