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BigAir Appoints new Board Member and Reviews Expansion into New Zealand

  • 09 May, 2006 15:36

<p>BigAir Group Limited (“BigAir”) today announced the appointment of Mr Nigel Jeffries to its Board as a Non-Executive director. Mr Jeffries is a New Zealand based investor and a substantial shareholder in BigAir following his investment in the recent IPO. His active involvement in the company will assist BigAir in a review of the New Zealand marketplace for potential future expansion opportunities for its wireless broadband network.</p>
<p>Mr Nigel Jeffries is CEO of RPNZ Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of RP Data Pty Ltd (RP Data). RP Data was founded by Mr Ray Catelan and is the leading provider of residential property market information in the region with an established business presence in all states across Australia as well as New Zealand. RP Data is fifty per cent owned by Macquarie Bank.</p>
<p>Mr Jeffries sees BigAir as a fast growing and nimble player in the high growth wireless broadband market. “My investment is an endorsement of the high calibre management team in place at BigAir and their proven ability to capture real growth from an economic capital base,” Mr Jeffries said.</p>
<p>Mr Jeffries has extensive senior management and governance experience in Australian and New Zealand businesses with a focus on property, technology and information markets.</p>
<p>“With his widespread on the ground senior experience within large corporate and high-growth start up businesses, Nigel Jeffries is a welcome addition to the board of BigAir,” said Tony Tobin, Chairman of BigAir. “His New Zealand business contact base will also provide a potential head start for our business growth across the Tasman,” Mr Tobin added.</p>
<p>BigAir is able to offer an extensive range of advanced wireless communications services to Australian businesses. BigAir was recently listed on the Australian Stock Exchange successfully raising $7.5m in new equity (ASX BGL).</p>
<p>About BigAir Group Limited
BigAir is a Licensed Telecommunications Carrier and infrastructure based ISP rolling out its own broadband network across Sydney, with plans to rollout in other capital cities, using carrier-grade high-speed wireless equipment. BigAir is able to offer a range of communication solutions including high-speed symmetric broadband from 2M to 100M, Layer 2 and VPN services, hosting and co-location of servers in secure data centre environment, and more recently business-grade Voice over IP (VoIP) services. BigAir has end-to-end ownership of its fixed wireless infrastructure and also has wholesale access to the other leading wireless networks including iBurst and Unwired. BigAir is able to offer a comprehensive range of advanced wireless communications services to Australian businesses. For more information, please visit www.bigair.com.au.</p>

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