UPDATE: eisa snares OzEmail with mystery funds

Eisa snared the hotly contended consumer business arm of OzEmail, owned by UUnet, from Telstra late Thursday, after first flagging an interest in the ISP before Christmas.

Damien Brady, CEO of eisa, said the cost of the acquisition, which includes the purchase of OzEmail's 350,000 customers, content and assets is between $300 and $350 million.

Brady would not indicate whether eisa's offer was higher than Telstra's unsuccessful $300 million bid which was derailed by consumer watchdog, Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) as anticompetitive and "unfavourable".

"We believe our purchase price is very competitive with Telstra's," he said.

Brady said the combined organisation is expected to have in excess of 400,000 customers, knocking Telstra Big Pond from the top spot as Australia's largest ISP and increasing competition in the marketplace.

"Number two and number four have joined forces to take on number one," Brady said.

"We will move quickly to take on Telstra."

According to Brady, the two companies will continue to use existing brand names in the short term, with OzEmail being the core brand.

"OzEmail is a significant brand, we would like to see that brand continue . . .we will let the customers choose what brand they prefer," he said,Whilst admitting eisa's acquisition of OzEmail is "certainly very large", Brady said eisa would not close the door to other prospective partners.

"If other opportunities exist to pursue, then we will," he said.

Meanwhile, eisa also announced today a strategic alliance with Vodafone Australia for the implementation and development of WAP (wireless applications protocol) services and applications.

Under the deal, Vodafone customers will gain access to eisa's ISP services (including OzEmail services) such as news content and e-commerce solutions.

Eisa/OzEmail customers, in return will be provided with WAP services, bundling opportunities and wireless content in the future.

Andrew Bissex, managing director of Vodafone said WAP services are likely to introduced by Vodafone later this year, but could not detail any services.

Bissex said Vodafone had been in discussion with eisa for sometime, but the acquisition of OzEmail made the Internet company a "more attractive" partner.

Despite having a non-exclusive deal with eisa, Bissex said Vodafone is "unlikely" to form partnerships with other ISPs.

"[Eisa's acquisition of OzEmail] is so powerful we will be truing to execute as much as possible from it," he said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Luisa Bustos

PC World
Show Comments



Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?