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BigAir Group Forecasts 100% revenue increase

  • 23 May, 2006 15:57

<p>Strong growth and expansion forecasts revenue to exceed $6.5 million</p>
<p>BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL) today announced revenue forecasts for the year ending 30 June 2006 to exceed $6.5 million - a more than 100 percent increase over the year ending 30 June 2005. BigAir is the only Australian wireless provider to offer a complete range of high capacity fixed, portable and mobile wireless broadband services.</p>
<p>BigAir CEO Jason Ashton said that recent successes contributed to the outstanding revenue increase. “Subscriber numbers are up considerably and we are now ahead of schedule on our prospectus target to reach 10,000 customers. As of March 2006, there were more than 7,800 subscribers on the BigAir network - a considerable increase on the 3,945 subscribers as at July 2005. In addition we’ve seen traffic across the BigAir high speed fixed wireless network grow by more than 150 percent since July 2005,” Mr Ashton added.</p>
<p>Following the successful ASX listing, which raised $7.5 million for BigAir last month, the Group is currently focussed on accelerating organic growth, but is also assessing a number of synergistic value adding acquisitions to tie in with the company’s overall growth strategy to expand the BigAir network into other capital cities across Australia.</p>
<p>Continuing to focus on high margin sales in the fixed wireless business, BigAir is expanding its corporate sales team and launching a new wholesale strategy for its wireless local loop services. BigAir’s last mile network is the ideal alternative to Telstra’s copper - especially given the uncertainty that surrounds Universal Local Loop pricing today and the challenges facing the ADSL reseller market. BigAir’s “fibre in the sky” service by-passes the Telstra network completely and is suitable for potential carrier partners for high-speed data, VoIP and video services.</p>
<p>The overall growth of BigAir’s customer base is a top priority, allowing BigAir to offer an extensive range of advanced wireless communications services to Australian businesses and residences. BigAir has expanded its sales team to ensure that this growth continues.</p>
<p>BigAir Chairman Tony Tobin said the Group’s sales model was generating strong organic growth. “To complement this, we are reviewing strategic customer and network acquisition opportunities. The net proceeds from the recent capital raising are available to take advantage of these opportunities. While the company intends to maintain strong cash reserves this is the right time for us to be assessing the market,” Mr Tobin added.</p>
<p>About BigAir Group Limited
BigAir is a wireless broadband service provider which offers high speed data telecommunications services to customers over 3 state of the art wireless networks in Australia. BigAir owns and operates its own fixed wireless network covering the Sydney metro area, and is the largest provider of customer services on the iBurst mobile wireless network with coverage in all Australian Eastern Capital cities. BigAir also provides services on the Unwired network which has coverage in Sydney and Melbourne. Access to these networks position BigAir as the only integrated wireless service provider in Australia. BigAir is a Licensed Telecommunications Carrier and is expanding its own 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 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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