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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:49

Anittel to offer NBN services to regional SMEs

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Anittel Group (ASX: AYG) - a provider of telco and IT services focussed on SMEs in regional Australia - has become a retail service provider of NBN services.

It will offer NBN services first to its customers in Townsville and Armidale. Managing director, Peer Kazacos, said: "The NBN will facilitate reliable high speed Internet access at an affordable price; this will empower regional SMBs. They will no longer be constricted by their location, they'll gain the full benefits of cloud technology and drive innovation as they increase competition against their metropolitan based rivals."

The NBN agreement follows Anittel's recent acquisition of regional reseller Future Townsville. Anittel provides voice, data, mobility, PBX, IP telephony, IT and hosted services and says it is "expanding through organic growth and targeted acquisitions to offer scale, geographic reach and expertise for existing and prospective customers in this under-serviced market space."

Anittel was formed in early 2010 through the combination of ASX listed Hostech, PKBA - the company set up by Kazacos in 2009 after he had sold his former IT company, Kaz to Telstra - and three small regional IT services companies: Accord Technologies, Axxis and Aspirence.

Following completion of the merger announced its regional SME focus. At that time it had some 270 staff and 15 offices around Australia. However its strategy did not plan out as expected and the company failed to meet published guidance.

For the year to 30 June 2011 it reported an after tax loss of $19.9m on revenues of $59.6m (up from $21.5m in FY10) after a $16.1m goodwill writedown. EBITDA was a loss of $1.9m. The company said that, in FY12 it expected to achieve a positive EBITDA on a small growth in revenue.

"During this period of consolidation, the business will be focused upon gearing for a telecommunications-led expansion into regional Australia and small/medium organisations'¦[and] on further developing [our] product offerings around integrated telecommunications and IT services, including 'cloud' based solutions," it said.

It also flagged significant geographic expansion, saying: "Whilst the company currently operates in 16 locations across Australia, the opportunity exists to provide an efficient and seamless telecommunications and IT service across approximately 30 other regional areas."

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