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Vertel a finalist in the innaugural Edison Awards

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Edison Awards are leading industry publication CommsDay’s new industry recognition program, designed to reward industry excellence in 16 separate categories. Vertel is delighted to be a finalist in the Best Fixed Wireless Operator category, which was open to network operators providing fixed wireless solutions in rural, regional and urban markets but does not include mobile services and focuses on an organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marked it as the best of its peers.

2016 was a significant year for Vertel as we delivered major projects for key customers which have provided true benefit to the wider Australian community. To support our entry to the Edison Awards we examined two of these projects, including technical specifications, which we believe, mark us as the best of our peers.

The first case study was for our work with the NSW Department of Health (eHealth NSW). We were formally engaged by eHealth NSW for the provision of data carriage services to more than 60 hospitals across the NSW. This large scale project was primarily delivered in 2016 and provides each site in the network between 10Mbps and 100Mbps capacity using licensed microwave and backed by Vertel’s strict SLAs for performance and management. The services use multiple classes of service which allow hospitals to prioritise sensitive applications like voice and video for seamless user experience. The remote and regional nature of the NSW Health network meant that Vertel built dedicated infrastructure to many of these sites rather than leveraging our existing network footprint, demonstrating a customer centric, challenger approach to telecommunication services.

The second case study we examined was our work for the Catholic Diocese. The Catholic education system is centralised across much of Australia and every school in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory is required to connect to the Catholic Education Network (CEnet). Vertel has a long history working with Catholic Education in NSW, having worked with the Diocese of Broken Bay since 2008 when we installed a microwave network to connect more than 50 sites with Layer 2 Carrier Ethernet links as well as Internet services. Early 2016 saw Vertel make significant upgrades to the all services on the Diocese of Broken Bay network as well as building services to 43 other regional schools across NSW.

We are thrilled that the judges understood and recognised the significance of these two projects, marking Vertel as the best of its peers and have included Vertel in the list of finalists.

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