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Tuesday, 21 November 2006 06:33

THL Group rebrands as Kordia

The THL (Transmission Holdings) Group, which comprises Broadcast Communications Ltd (New Zealand), THL Australia and AAP Communications Services (Australia) will be renamed Kordia, and the new name will apply to all the constituent businesses.

The business now comprises: the NZ holding company Kordia Group, CEO Geoff Hunt; Kordia Ltd (BCL), also headed by Hunt; Kordia Pty Ltd (THL Australia), managing director Nick Powl; and Kordia Solutions Pty Ltd (AAPCS), managing director Peter Robson.

Hunt, said: "With recent changes and a new name, we have harnessed the combined skills of our three businesses to create a more powerful, harmonised organisation.” He added that,  as telecommunications and broadcast converge, "the Australasian and regional market is showing opportunities for a company with a history and understanding in both."

The group was created in 2003 when Television New Zealand's transmission division was established as a separate company (BCL) which had an existing Australian operation, now THL Australia. THL acquired AAP Communications Services Pty Ltd (AAPCS) from AAP in 2005. AAPCS is a supplier of engineering services to the telecommunications industry. It also provides desktop support and IT services to some of Australia's largest corporations.

At the time of the acquisition it had no connection with AAPT. However the two have common origins. AAPCS began life as AAP Reuters Communications Pty Limited in 1983, a joint venture between AAP and Reuters. With the departure of Reuters it became AAPCS in 1990 and formed the basis for the launch of AAPT. AAP exited from AAPT shortly after AAPT was floated in 2000."

Kordia claims a long heritage and proven track record in all facets of radio engineering and broadcast communications, including design, build, operations, maintenance and international consultancy. Its BCL arm operates one of the largest telecommunications networks in New Zealand, with a wireless broadband access reach into rural areas that is second only to Telecom new Zealand.

A key capability in Australia is claimed to  the deployment, through the THL arm,  of large scale mobile phone and broadcast networks and the provision of maintenance and engineering support to network operators.

In Australia, Kordia operates broadcast, telecommunications and converged services businesses. It maintains the national broadcast network that delivers ABC and SBS television and radio services throughout Australia from around 600 sites and also provides services to a range of other broadcasters.

Kordia installed the first digital television transmission facilities in Australia and has since completed a significant portion of the national roll-out. It has assisted Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) in implementing digital audio broadcasting (DAB) trials in Sydney.

“The proposed introduction by the government of two new national digital channels for narrowcasting and mobile TV services will provide further opportunity for Kordia to demonstrate its expertise in rolling-out and maintaining large scale digital networks,” said Powl.

Kordia claims that its customers include all of the major Australian carriers and the leading network equipment vendors and says it as  provided IP telephony and core network design and build services to major Australian organisations. “We played a significant role in the building and commissioning of several cellular networks in Australia and the Pacific region,” said Kordia Solutions' (AAPCS) MD, peter Robson.


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