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MyNetFone subsidiary, Symbio Networks, is to invest a further $3 million to expand its network from the current 19 to all of Telstra’s 66 call collection areas.

MyNetFone CEO, Rene Sugo, said that by directly connecting into an additional 47 CCAs across Australia, Symbio would bring wholesale services such as number porting in the cloud and more competitive 1300 / 1800 number services to growing regional centres such as Dubbo, Townsville and Alice Springs.

Sugo said the deal also included include increased IP transit options and business data products.

“With direct connectivity to all CCAs across Australia, Symbio will effectively bring its advanced number porting option to even the most remote regional locations, including new National Broadband Network (NBN) areas as they come onboard. This will allow Symbio¹s wholesale customers to incentivise their business and residential end-users to switch to NBN plans while keeping their established phone number.”

Sugo said the money would be invested over a three year period.

³This investment proves our commitment to improving communications accessibility for regional areas. Symbio Networks¹ direct connectivity to all Call Collection Areas will unlock a raft of new services for businesses and households in some of Australia¹s most remote areas. These services include number porting and port out-of-area, as well as more competitive 1300 / 1800 number services, which also strategically aligns with our recent acquisition of leading retail 1300 number provider, CallStream.”

According to Sugo, nation-wide direct connectivity would also benefit service providers, as the wholesale network would offer pre-selection and over-ride services that leveraged Symbio¹s lower call termination charges even for calls originating from a fixed line.

“In addition, numbers from all 66 Call Collection Areas can be made available to the industry at wholesale level, as Symbio will be able to directly provide and host geographic numbers nationally. Combined with Symbio¹s proprietary number porting service in the cloud, service providers will have the ultimate flexibility with cost, scale and scope of their service offering.”

“With this investment, the MyNetFone Group will further enhance Australia¹s largest VoIP network with infrastructure-enabled services running on a more diverse and redundant network for carriers. Symbio¹s engineering team expect to connect directly to all 66 CCAs by end of 2012, and will be rolling out new wholesale product features over the following 6 months, Sugo concluded.


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Peter Dinham


Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).