The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2007-11-21T19:00:00Z BigAir calls Labor 2007-11-21T19:00:00Z bigair-calls-labor-s-100m-spending-plan-to-hotwire-schools-with-fibre-links-excessive Sydney, Australia - November 22, 2007 - BigAir Group Limited (BigAir), a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions for businesses and residential customers, is concerned by some of the choices of the major political parties in relation to their national broadband plans. This is highlighted by the Labor party’s recent announcement that a national fibre link build is essential to reach a digital revolution for schools. With BigAir’s fixed WiMAX* broadband network covering major metropolitan areas in Sydney and Melbourne, schools can be serviced with fibre like speeds without the expense and time constraints of fibre builds. The BigAir WiMAX technology operates by installing a WiMAX radio at the school or business, which communicates via a high-speed wireless connection to BigAir base stations located throughout Sydney and Melbourne. The capital investment therefore required for laying direct fibre or fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technologies is substantially reduced, saving significant upfront and ongoing costs. "We are a little dumbfounded by the major parties calling for large scale fibre builds to be undertaken when, in most cases, alternative technologies such as wireless broadband can achieve the same results at a fraction of the cost and without any lengthy construction delays," said BigAir CEO Jason Ashton. BigAir has provided services to a number of schools in the Sydney region including Loreto Normanhurst, Emmanuel College and Trinity Grammar with symmetric services at a fraction of the cost of fibre. These links are easily upgradable and speeds up to 30Mbps can be achieved without changing the existing equipment, and even 100Mbps or faster is available with a simple radio upgrade. BigAir was the first national carrier to deliver fixed WiMAX wireless broadband services in Australia: "BigAir can now provide broadband services to schools and businesses frustrated with the current limitations of fixed line options in Sydney, Melbourne and shortly Brisbane. Using WiMAX allows us to deliver services that are more reliable, higher quality and with greater coverage than other proprietary wireless services," commented Ashton. The BigAir network allows broadband speeds from 2Mbps to 100Mbps and delivers uptime of 99.99%, anywhere within the coverage area. Its Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) is also above industry average and often faster than wired Internet connections. Because BigAir owns its own network, it is able to bypass telephone exchanges owned by the current providers and provide greater flexibility and control over the quality of service. Coverage information, pricing and technical information is available from BigAir’s WiMAX specialists on 1300 BIGAIR. * WiMAX™, and WiMAX Forum™ are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum About BigAir Group Limited (ASX: BGL) BigAir is a wireless broadband service provider, which offers high-speed data telecommunications services to customers using its own state of the art WiMAX networks. BigAir owns and operates its own fixed WiMAX network covering the greater Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas. BigAir is also a provider of iBurst mobile wireless services which has coverage in most Australian Capital cities as well as the Gold Coast. BigAir also provides services on the Unwired network which has coverage in Sydney and Melbourne. Access to these three leading wireless networks positions BigAir as the leading integrated wireless solutions provider in Australia. BigAir is able to offer a range of wireless communication solutions including high-speed symmetric fixed broadband services from 2Mbps to 100Mbps, as well as mobile data and portable data services at 1Mbps. The company also offers email and web hosting as well as data centre co-location services. For more information, please visit www.bigair.com.au <http://www.bigair.com.au>. BIGAIR OFFERS HIGH SPEED BUSINESS ASSURANCE WITH NEW DISASTER RECOVERY PARTNER SECOMM NETWORKS 2007-11-14T19:00:00Z bigair-offers-high-speed-business-assurance-with-new-disaster-recovery-partner-secomm-networks Ensuring its clients are equipped with effective, real-time backup and recovery solutions at a fraction of the cost of traditional backup services, wireless broadband carrier BigAir is pleased to announce the signing of managed security service provider Seccom Networks as an official channel partner. Through this partnership, Secomm Networks have integrated BigAir wireless links into the company’s Disaster Recovery, LAN and WAN solutions that will in turn, be available to BigAir customers to assist them in protecting the data held and exchanged in their business operations. The Seccom Disaster Recovery solution utilises the latest in Real-Time Recovery technology from world leader StorageCraft. Seccom is able to deliver completely managed, off-site Disaster Recovery and Data Protection solutions that links a client’s network directly to Seccom’s secure Data Centre, rather than requiring backup data to be transmitted over the Internet. The direct connection utilises a Wireless Broadband connection from BigAir that utilises WiMax technology and delivers speeds of up to 100Mbps, ensuring a more reliable and robust connection than traditional terrestrial services. Gavin Matthews, CIO of Seccom Networks believes that there is a strong business case for disaster recovery. "Information systems now provide more than data collection to companies. They control key business processes, provide customer information and even make money for businesses. Backing up and protecting their data offsite is no longer an option, it’s now essential for the longevity and health of any business" Matthews said. Although most Managed Security Providers rely on complex and expensive Customer Premises Equipment, Seccom’s unique backend solution focuses on real-time data recovery, eliminating both the cost and the infrastructure required. "For one low monthly cost we provide all the equipment and support services to allow business to backup laptops, desktop computers, production and test servers, and other critical systems. The SecureDR infrastructure allows them to rebuild systems in minutes, an otherwise unprecedented standard in the world of disaster recovery", According to BigAir CEO Jason Ashton, the Secomm partnership represents a marriage of market leading backup/ recovery software and robust Wireless technologies. "With the increased pace of information flow through inter-networked business, we identified a major opportunity to provide our customers with the assurance of disaster recovery and data protection services to ensure their increased flows of information were protected for the long-term." "We have received exceptionally strong feedback from the customer bases of both companies as well as prospective customers and look forward to strong growth in the Data Recovery market" he said. MyNetFone and BigAir deliver true convergence of voice and broadband data services 2006-12-05T06:00:00Z mynetfone-and-bigair-deliver-true-convergence-of-voice-and-broadband-data-services My Net Fone Limited (ASX: MNF), Australia’s leading VoIP service provider and BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL), leading provider of wireless broadband services, have agreed to deliver convergent wireless solutions providing voice and broadband data services to Australian businesses. The wholesale agreement, signed by the two companies today, will enable MyNetFone to offer business customers premium quality VoIP service with BigAir’s carrier-grade wireless broadband infrastructure. "We are excited to be partnering with BigAir to bundle its high speed wireless broadband infrastructure with our premium quality VoIP service in order to offer a fully convergent solution to our business customers," said Andy Fung, Managing Director, My Net Fone Ltd. "The partnership provides great synergy for the two companies as well as delivering excellent value to our respective customers. It is indeed a win-win for everyone." BigAir CEO Jason Ashton said that there was growing demand from businesses for VoIP services. "Australian businesses are looking at improving productivity and cutting costs and one of the logical steps for these companies is implementing a high-speed IP network running VoIP services. "VoIP service providers such as MyNetFone are partnering with BigAir due to their need for symmetrical broadband services to support high quality business-grade VoIP. ADSL services do not deliver the features that are required," Mr Ashton added. For organisations evaluating VoIP, while cost savings still remain high on the list of benefits, other business drivers include mobility, telecommuting and simplified management - all of which are provided by the BigAir/MyNetFone joint offering. -ENDS - About My Net Fone Limited My Net Fone, ASX (MNF), is an innovative market leader in the IP Telecommunications sector with operations in Australia and New Zealand. My Net Fone delivers a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data and convergent solutions to key market segments including SMEs, enterprise, wholesalers and residential users. My Net Fone is committed to providing customers with true flexibility, convenience and high quality service and as a reflection of this won PC User magazine’s ‘Product of the Year 2005’ award for its residential service. For more information, please visit our website: www.mynetfone.com.au <http://www.mynetfone.com.au> 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 <http://www.bigair.com.au> BigAir sets sights on broadband speeds up to 50 times faster than ADSL2+ 2006-11-20T20:50:15Z bigair-sets-sights-on-broadband-speeds-up-to-50-times-faster-than-adsl2 BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL) has unveiled plans to significantly boost its broadband presence in Australia at the company’s AGM held in Sydney today. As broadband becomes viewed as the next utility* and the Australian regulator continues to be at loggerheads with the last mile copper network owner, Telstra, over broadband access for Australians. BigAir is set to heat things up with unprecedented broadband speeds. Within the next year, BigAir plans to release its next generation of wireless broadband services offering symmetric speeds up to 1Gbit per second (50 times faster than the maximum download speed and 1000 times faster than the standard upload speed offered on ADSL2+ systems). “Following recent network capacity expansion, we are already offering speeds up to 100Mbps across our Sydney network - this is already many times faster than the maximum download rates achievable on ADSL2+, and it’s a full 100 times faster for sending data” said BigAir CEO Jason Ashton. “However even those super fast speeds pale in comparison to what’s coming next,” he added. BigAir is also planning to build an additional 10 wireless basestations within the next year to meet growing customer demand for its symmetric business-grade broadband services. Since its recent launch in September BigAir’s wholesale channel has grown significantly with 10 partners already signed up and negotiations progressing with an additional 25 potential partners. BigAir also revealed a financial update with its annualised revenue run rate having already reached $9.5 million as at October, a significant increase over the previous full year result of $6.9m. To keep Australia competitive with the rest of the world, BigAir is now testing future generation gigabit-class wireless services, for delivery next year, offering symmetric speeds of 1 Gigabit per second. BigAir’s gigabit-class wireless services will enable high end enterprise applications including disaster recovery as well as super-fast Internet applications, whilst avoiding the heavy construction costs associated with fiber-optic network deployments. *According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s 2006 Information Economy Report 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. BigAir Group exceeds its revenue forecasts for the Full Year ending 30 June 2006 2006-09-14T04:00:00Z bigair-group-exceeds-its-revenue-forecasts-for-the-full-year-ending-30-june-2006 The Directors of BigAir Group Ltd (ASX: BGL) have announced the maiden result as a publicly listed company. The Directors are pleased to announce that its revenues increased by 1132% in the Full Year ending June 30 2006. Consolidated revenue for 2005-06 was $6.9 million which exceeded the $6.5 million guidance provided to the market in May of this year, and Gross Profit increased by 419% to $2 million. BigAir Financial and Operational Highlights include: -Sales Revenue Up by 1132% to $6.9 million -Gross Profit Up by 419% to $2 million -Subscriber numbers Up by 150% A major component of this revenue growth was related to the acquisition of the Veritel Wireless business during the year which was acquired as at 1st July 2005. The Veritel business unit revenues were included in the prospectus in the Pro forma consolidated Full Year revenues for 2004-05. The comparison between the Pro forma Full Year ending June 30 2005 and the Full Year ending June 30 2006 shows strong growth and improving EBITDA: -Sales Revenue Up by 112% from $3.2 million to $6.9 million -EBITDA loss improved by 15% from $1.25 million to $1.07 million The EBITDA loss as a percentage of Revenue was reduced from 39% in 2004-05 to just 15% in 2005-06 despite a large increase in operating costs relating to the companys recent transition to a listed company on the ASX, and the successful integration of a number of acquisitions made during the year. The public listing of BigAir Group in April 2006 was a major step forward for the company in the pursuit of its vision to become one of the leading providers of wireless broadband services in Australia. Net proceeds from the IPO capital raising amounted to $6.3 million. The company held cash balances in excess of $5 million as at 30 June 2006, after investing more than $1.5 million during the year on capital equipment and acquisitions. During 2005-06, the company undertook an ambitious program including four acquisitions, which were all successfully integrated into the BigAir business. The company also relocated to expanded premises and successfully completed its share market listing on the ASX, which also resulted in significant once off costs. With a substantially enhanced customer base, the company strengthened its position in key market segments and opened up new market opportunities. As a result of these strategic initiatives, BigAirs scale and service capabilities were considerably increased. With subscriber numbers increasing by 150% during the year, to more than 10,000 as at July 2006, the company is well on the way towards achieving its vision. BigAir Group CEO, Mr Jason Ashton in commenting on the result said Having successfully bedded down four acquisitions and expanded our customer base by 150% over the past year, the company is exceptionally well positioned to build a major presence in the wireless broadband market. Wireless broadband is one of the fastest growing segments of the telecommunications industry and BigAir has put in place a very powerful value proposition that provides business, professional and retail customers with high speed, low cost access. BigAir is the only Australian wireless provider that offers both high speed business-grade fixed wireless services and mobile wireless data services. Since BigAir controls its own network, it owns the critical last mile customer connection and is wholly independent of Telstras network infrastructure and associated costs. In the current year the company expects to boost its penetration of the Sydney commercial market for high speed broadband, further develop the residential broadband opportunity provided by its WHome business unit, review the roll-out opportunities for its wireless network infrastructure and business model in other capital cities and to consider further targeted acquisitions. As a result of these growth strategies, the company looks forward to further substantial customer and revenue growth in 2006-07. BigAir delivers even better value iBurst with new off-peak rates 2006-09-05T04:00:00Z bigair-delivers-even-better-value-iburst-with-new-off-peak-rates BigAir Group Limited (ASX: BGL) has launched new BigAir iBurst mobile wireless broadband plans which offer additional off-peak data allowances. The iBurst plans provide instant mobile wireless broadband coverage across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and the Gold Coast within the iBurst coverage areas*. These new plans are expected to compete directly with other current wireless broadband market offerings, providing better options to consumers. The comparison between one of BigAirs most popular Mobile Card plans, the 1024k/345k $79.95 plan, and the Telstra BigPond Wireless Broadband 256k/64k $79.95 Mobile Card plan is as follows: The BigAir plan offers 4 X maximum download speed (1Mbps versus 256k) The BigAir plan offers 5 X maximum upload speed (345k versus 64k) The BigAir plan includes up to 3 X the included data (1000MB peak and 2000MB off-peak versus 1000MB total). The Telstra plan has additional usage charges of 30 cents per additional MB for downloads above the plan usage allowance. This means that a customer who downloaded an additional Gbyte on this plan would incur $300 in excess download usage charges. BigAir users are shaped to slower speeds when their peak or off-peak data allowances are exceeded, however they do not incur excess usage fees. The BigAir iBurst Laptop card is also available in USB format which is suitable for ExpressCard equipped laptops that dont have a PCMCIA card slot. This works on both Windows and Apple laptops (including the newer Apple laptops with Intel CPU). The Telstra Laptop card does not currently support ExpressCard only equipped laptops. In summary BigAir provides between 4 and 5 times the speeds with up to 3 times the included data, and with no excess usage fees. Even disregarding BigAirs new off-peak allowances, the BigAir plans offer significant advantages versus the Telstra Mobile Card plans. BigAirs new plans are ideal for residential users who want to download exciting new Internet content, or business users who want to download large files more cost effectively but still leave enough data download allowance for work during regular business hours. Available on most BigAir iBurst plans, subscribers can now use off-peak hours to download up to double the peak limit available on each plan. Off-peak hours run from midnight until 8am, seven days a week and are available to both business and residential customers. Users are shaped to slower speeds when their peak or off-peak data allowances are exceeded, however they do not incur excess usage fees. CEO Jason Ashton commented: The launch of these plans reinforces to the market that BigAir aims to deliver superior high-speed wireless broadband and excellent value to its customers. To take advantage of these new higher value plans, new users need to purchase an iBurst modem or Laptop card directly from BigAir on 1300 BIGAIR, or via the website, or from Harvey Norman, Domayne, or Bing Lee. On signing, they will also need to pay a connection fee (which is waived on 24 month contract signup). Existing users can upgrade anytime by contacting BigAir on 1300 BIGAIR, or via the website at www.bigair.com.au. About BigAir Group Limited ASX Listed BigAir Group (BGL) is a wireless broadband service provider offering 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 that has coverage in Sydney and Melbourne. BigAir is able to offer a wide range of wireless communication solutions including its high-speed symmetric fixed wireless broadband which offers speeds up to 100Mbps. BigAir also offers a range of the fastest mobile and portable broadband services offering speeds up to 1Mbps. For further information, please visit www.bigair.com.au. 400,000 Reasons for the Channel to Partner with BigAir 2006-08-30T04:00:00Z 400-000-reasons-for-the-channel-to-partner-with-bigair In an initiative set to energise the Telecommunications and ICT industry, BigAir Group Limited (ASX: BGL) has announced the launch of their channels division. The launch of BigAirs wholesale division will offer fierce competition to current market offerings, delivering superior high-speed wireless broadband, as well as offering great margins to ISPs, distributors and resellers. Large Revenue Opportunity According to leading industry analyst IDC, the market for wireless broadband will grow to nearly 400,000 customers by 2009, at an estimated 70 percent compound growth rate (CAGR), compared to the overall broadband markets estimated growth of 25 percent CAGR*. The launch of BigAirs channel division delivers telecommunications wholesalers and resellers access to this exploding market opportunity. BigAir is one of Australias leading suppliers of business-grade wireless broadband. This launch provides an opportunity for the channel to share in the revenue generated from the 400,000 customers estimated to choose wireless over the next three years, said Jason Ashton, CEO, BigAir. There are a large number of businesses right now in Sydney which do not currently have high speed, symmetric broadband or fibre, and this launch allows the channel to service those customers, he said. The opportunity that wireless broadband presents to the channel rivals the launch of business-grade xDSL services. We believe its that important, he said. Strong Lead Generation Program BigAirs channel division is also committed to marketing assistance and lead generation programs. BigAir has strong sales and marketing expertise. We plan to lend this strength to our channel partners that commit to our services, said Mr Ashton. Highlights of this program include: -Capacity to provide new leads for channel partners -Campaign in a box seminars for channels existing customers -Funding for joint direct marketing/online programs to drive additional leads -Customised brochures/sales packs -Extensive sales and technical training Leading Business-Grade Wireless Solution BigAirs network provides one of Australias largest business-grade wireless broadband coverage areas. With extensive coverage provided in Sydney and Melbourne, the company is confident of strong uptake on its services from SME and Enterprise business, especially those businesses outside of the CBD areas which often do not have affordable access to high speed, symmetric broadband services. In locations where fibre-optic services are available, BigAirs fixed wireless solution will often come in as an extremely price competitive offering. There are many other significant reasons for businesses to adopt BigAir services. Services can be connected within days, not weeks or months as is the case with most existing terrestrial solutions. BigAir services have also been used widely as redundant backup services for enterprise customers with an existing fibre connection. Wireless is ideally suited as a redundancy solution since it is not susceptible to back hoe related fibre breaks which can happen in the street. Symmetric speeds are also offered which is ideal for organisations, which have large upload requirements such as the graphics, advertising and media production related industries. The services sold through partners will range in speeds from 1Mbps to 100Mbps symmetric initially, with faster speeds available in the near future. Its a compelling alternative to a fibre-optic service at a fraction of the cost. said Mr Ashton. BigAir provides both private network services enabling offices to be connected and also high speed Broadband services. In summary, the benefits of the BigAir Channel offerings are: -Great coverage: One of Australias largest business wireless broadband coverage areas -Availability: High-speed services often available in locations where there is limited fibre -Sales assistance: Lead generation program -Price competitive: Significant savings often available compared to other solutions -Technical Excellence: SLA-backed professional delivery and support -Rapid Installation: installed in days - not weeks or months -Backup solution: 100% non-terrestrial solution avoids back hoe related outages -High Speed Symmetric Speeds: Ideal for customers with large data upload requirements -Technology easily upgradeable: BigAirs network is easily upgradeable to WiMAX technology, which will offer even faster speeds. *For more information about the IDC report, please call one of the contacts below. BigAir Channels Launch Function To mark the launch of their channels division, BigAir are inviting the reseller community to a major launch function at Darling Harbour in Sydney on the 14th September. Attendees will receive details on BigAirs wholesale and reseller channel strategy, and the benefits for channel organisations that partner with BigAir. Further details are available on the website at www.bigair.com.au or by phoning 1300 BIGAIR. BigAir Group Limited Signs New Agreement with Unwired 2006-08-22T14:24:00Z bigair-group-limited-signs-new-agreement-with-unwired BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL) has signed a new wholesale agreement which broadens its relationship with Unwired Australia (ASX:UNW). The relationship has been expanded to include Melbourne and Unwireds new laptop wireless card in addition to its existing desktop modem. Unwireds Chief Executive Officer David Spence said, BigAir, through its mobile wireless subsidiary Veritel, first became an Unwired partner nearly two years ago. Since that time, it has built a rapidly growing and loyal customer base, and it has cemented its position as a key Unwired channels partner. BigAir Group Limited Chief Executive Officer Jason Ashton said, We are strong believers in the Unwired wireless broadband technology and this agreement reaffirms our commitment to a technology we believe to be one of the most advanced and cost-efficient wireless technologies available in the world. Opening up the Melbourne market for BigAir to sell Unwired PC cards and desktops is also expected to improve subscriber growth for BigAir, he said. Users of wireless broadband are attracted to Unwireds technology because of its reliable performance and wide coverage. The addition of the Unwired PC Card product is expected to open up a new market for sales among mobile professionals. This new agreement underscores our intent to work together in enabling more businesses to realise the benefits of Unwireds unique capabilities, Jason Ashton added. About BigAir Group Limited ASX Listed BigAir Group (BGL) is a wireless broadband service provider offering 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 that has coverage in Sydney and Melbourne. BigAir is able to offer a wide range of wireless communication solutions including its high-speed symmetric fixed wireless broadband which offers speeds up to 100Mbps. BigAir also offers a range of the fastest mobile and portable broadband services offering speeds up to 1Mbps. For further information, please visit www.bigair.com.au. About Unwired Limited Unwired is an Australian-owned ASX listed (ASX:UNW) wireless broadband carrier. It services residential, small office/home office and small to medium enterprise markets in greater Sydney. The company had more than 53,000 customers at end June 2006 and launched its Melbourne network in the same month. For more information visit: www.unwired.com.au BigAir announces 10,000th subscriber milestone 2006-07-31T16:02:00Z bigair-announces-10-000th-subscriber-milestone SYDNEY, Australia - BigAir Group Limited (BigAir; ASX:BGL) today announced that it has reached its 10,000th subscriber milestone, three months ahead of schedule. BigAir CEO Jason Ashton commented: We had approximately 7,800 subscribers in March this year and since then weve passed the 10,000 mark. We previously predicted that we would reach the 10,000 mark by end of October 2006 which was 12 months from the lodgement of our prospectus. We have hit this target three months ahead of schedule. This is a fantastic achievement for the business. About BigAir Group Limited (ASX: BGL) BigAir is a wireless broadband service provider, which offers high-speed data telecommunications services to customers over three 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 three these leading wireless networks positions BigAir as the leading integrated wireless solutions provider in Australia. BigAir is a Licensed Telecommunications Carrier with plans to expand its Sydney based fixed wireless network into the other capital cities. BigAir is able to offer a range of wireless communication solutions including high-speed symmetric fixed broadband from 2M to 100M, mobile wireless and portable wireless services, and hosting and co-location. BigAir also delivers business-grade Voice over IP (VoIP) services. For more information, please visit www.bigair.com.au BigAir acquires W Home 2006-07-05T16:05:00Z bigair-acquires-w-home SYDNEY, Australia BigAir Group Limited (BigAir; ASX:BGL) today announced the acquisition of the smart building assets and customers from W Home Communications Pty Ltd (W Home), a subsidiary of E-Pay Asia Limited (ASX:EPY; formerly SkyNetGlobal Limited). W Home is a leading provider of broadband internet services to premium apartment buildings or Multi-dwelling Units (MDUs). W Home installs high-speed ADSL connections into a concentrator at each MDU and then distributes access throughout the building using VDSL and Ethernet technologies. BigAir Chairman Tony Tobin commenting on the acquisition said, The W Home business is a complementary addition to the BigAir Group, providing a new sales channel as well as compelling cost benefits through leveraging our existing wireless infrastructure. This acquisition will deliver additional revenue immediately and will also provide significant opportunity for further growth as we expand the service in to the other MDUs. BigAir will acquire the access agreements from W Home, which provide perpetual rights to deploy infrastructure in almost 100 MDUs. The W Home service has already been activated in 37 of these MDUs, which includes approximately 8,000 apartments across Sydney and Melbourne. BigAir is also acquiring the infrastructure used by W Home to service the customers in each building. The acquisition is expected to immediately add more than 1,000 customers and around $500,000 in annualised revenues to BigAir. The W Home service offering today includes broadband internet and BigAir intends to expand this offering in the future to include Voice over IP and Video on Demand. The W Home smart building business model is an excellent fit with our independent high speed wireless broadband network. The existing W Home buildings are mostly serviced using slower ADSL and SDSL for the last mile network connection into each MDU. BigAir intends to replace these slower last mile connections with its own high speed symmetric fixed wireless connection, thus eliminating reliance on other carriers and also greatly improving the operating margins, said BigAir CEO, Jason Ashton. A recent Analysys report commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) suggests that wireless networks based on the emerging WiMax standard can provide a cheaper option than copper links for broadband, both in regional and urban areas. BigAir intends to combine its advanced wireless network with the existing W Home MDU infrastructure. W Home makes use of VDSL or Very-High-Speed Digital Subscriber Line, which transmits data at speeds up to 55 Mbps over short distances using twisted pair copper wire. The shorter the copper loop, the faster the connection rate. The combination of our high speed wireless network connection to each MDU, with the VDSL and Ethernet distribution within the MDU, provides a low cost high speed platform which will support triple-play services. We will be able to deliver some of the fastest residential broadband speeds available, and we can completely bypass Telstra and its legacy copper network, said Jason Ashton. Many of the tenants in these MDUs are professionals with higher than average incomes and requirements for high speed reliable broadband services. These users are also interested in advanced internet services such as Voice over IP (VOIP) and Video on Demand (VOD). We expect to grow our customer penetration strongly in these W Home buildings (from existing average of 12%) as we upgrade the infrastructure and expand the range of services offered, said Jason Ashton. About BigAir Group Limited (ASX: BGL) BigAir is a wireless broadband service provider which offers high speed data telecommunications services to customers over three 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 three these leading wireless networks positions BigAir as the leading integrated wireless solutions provider in Australia. BigAir is a Licensed Telecommunications Carrier with plans to expand its Sydney based fixed wireless network into the other capital cities. BigAir is able to offer a range of wireless communication solutions including high-speed symmetric fixed broadband from 2M to 100M, mobile wireless and portable wireless services, and hosting and co-location. BigAir also delivers business-grade Voice over IP (VoIP) services. For more information, please visit www.bigair.com.au. BigAir expands its iBurst customer base 2006-06-07T17:18:00Z bigair-expands-its-iburst-customer-base BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL) today announced the acquisition of iBurst customers from T3 Wireless, a subsidiary of Pacific Internet. Additionally, T3 Wireless will assist with the migration of its existing iBurst retail channel distribution agreements across to BigAir, further enhancing BigAirs distribution capability. BigAir will acquire approximately 800 iBurst customers which will expand its iBurst subscriber base by almost 10 percent to around 8,500. The acquisition will add more than $600,000 in annualised revenues to BigAir. The iBurst service delivers high speed mobile internet access enabling customers to access their email and office network and to surf the internet while away from the office or on the road. The customers we are acquiring are mostly professional users with higher than average ARPU (average revenue per user) and higher than average margins. We expect to see ongoing margin improvements as our customer base continues to grow, said BigAir CEO, Jason Ashton. This acquisition also represents a significant opportunity for expansion of BigAirs retail distribution channels which in turn will help us to grow the BigAir brand and customer base, said Jason Ashton. As the only Australian wireless provider that offers a complete range of high speed fixed wireless, portable wireless and mobile wireless broadband services, BigAir has seen demand for its wireless broadband services increase steadily over the last 12 months. The growth in the demand for the flexible mobile wireless iBurst product supports BigAirs belief that mobile internet access will follow the lead of the mobile phone, where Australians now have more mobile phone accounts than they do fixed line telephone accounts. Information technology and telecommunications market intelligence and advisory firm, IDC, predicts the total Australian market for wireless broadband will exceed 386,000 subscribers and $243 million by 2009 with a growth rate almost three times that of the overall broadband market. Furthermore IDC expects wireless broadband to carry a significant pricing premium versus other broadband services due to the benefits it offers. About BigAir Group Limited BigAir is a wireless broadband service provider which offers high speed data telecommunications services to customers over three 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. BigAir Group Forecasts 100% revenue increase 2006-05-23T20:54:00Z bigair-group-forecasts-100-revenue-increase 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. 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 weve seen traffic across the BigAir high speed fixed wireless network grow by more than 150 percent since July 2005, Mr Ashton added. 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 companys overall growth strategy to expand the BigAir network into other capital cities across Australia. 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. BigAirs last mile network is the ideal alternative to Telstras copper - especially given the uncertainty that surrounds Universal Local Loop pricing today and the challenges facing the ADSL reseller market. BigAirs 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. The overall growth of BigAirs 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. BigAir Chairman Tony Tobin said the Groups 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. 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 BigAir Appoints new Board Member and Reviews Expansion into New Zealand 2006-05-09T19:34:00Z bigair-appoints-new-board-member-and-reviews-expansion-into-new-zealand 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. 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. 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. Mr Jeffries has extensive senior management and governance experience in Australian and New Zealand businesses with a focus on property, technology and information markets. 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. 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). 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. BigAir Group Ltd delivers strong half-year growth in revenues and gross profit 2006-03-31T16:26:00Z bigair-group-ltd-delivers-strong-half-year-growth-in-revenues-and-gross-profit SYDNEY, Australia - March 31st, 2006 - BigAir Group Limited (ASX:BGL) announced today its sales revenues had increased by 1321% to $2.9 million in the Half Year ended December 31 2005. During this period the Company acquired Veritel Wireless and also acquired Ozemails iBurst customer base. It also lodged its Prospectus for listing on the ASX. BigAir Financial Highlights include (comparison with Half Year ending Dec 31 2004): Sales Revenue UP by 1321% to $2.9 million Gross Profit UP by 799% from $93,398 to $839,701 Mr Tony Tobin, Chairman of BigAir said, "The acquisition of Veritel Wireless in July and the further acquisition of Ozemails iBurst wireless subscribers in October have increased our overall subscriber numbers and revenues. We are now well positioned to be a leading wireless broadband supplier to the business market. We believe we are approaching breaking even in EBITDA which is an important milestone for a start up business. The overall EBITDA loss for the Half Year was $363,344. This includes $218,318 in costs incurred during the period relating to the acquisition of new customers which would typically be capitalised and amortised over the expected duration of the customers contract. The company has adopted a more conservative approach based on the Urgent Issues Group (UIG) recent guidelines and has expensed these costs each month rather than deferring or capitalising them. The EBITDA loss reduced by 59% versus the previous corresponding period for the combined BigAir and Veritel businesses. If the customer acquisition costs are excluded the improvement is 84%. BigAir is the only Australian wireless provider to offer a complete range of high capacity fixed, portable and mobile wireless broadband services. Wireless provides an excellent opportunity for Australia to boost its national broadband penetration rates and strengthen its position in the global digital economy quickly and cost effectively. Mr Jason Ashton, CEO of BigAir said, We are happy with both our customer revenue growth and our improving profitability given all the strategic activities undertaken during the period. We not only expanded our Sydney wireless network by more than fifty per cent, we also made two acquisitions and lodged our Prospectus with the ASX to raise new equity of $7.5 million. As we roll out our high-speed wireless infrastructure into the other capital cities, we will be offering Internet Service Providers and Carriers a cost-effective alternative network for providing last mile access to their customers. This last mile network is suitable for both high-speed data and Voice over IP (VOIP) and is fast becoming an attractive alternative to copper given the significant uncertainty surrounding ULL pricing. [ULL stands for Unconditioned Local Loop and it refers to the copper line that Carriers must lease from Telstra in order to deliver traditional broadband services such as ADSL.] BigAir lodged its Prospectus with ASIC on the 20 October 2005 with an expectation of listing on the ASX in December 2005. Due to circumstances outside of its control the listing was delayed. As a result of this delay the Companys stated plans to expand its sales and marketing activities with the funds raised is delayed until completion of the listing which is now expected to take place in early April 2006. 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 to 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 Media Enquiries: Michelle Zahra Porter Novelli 02 8424 8500 mzahra@porternovelli.com.au Investor Relations: Jason Ashton BigAir Group Limited 02 9993 1316 jason@bigair.net.au For information regarding the BigAir Group Limited IPO: Matt Storey BBY Limited 02 9226 0079 mns@bby.com.au BigAir Group Acquires OzEmail iBurst customers 2005-11-29T17:24:00Z bigair-group-acquires-ozemail-iburst-customers BigAir Group Limited (BigAir) subsidiary, Veritel Wireless, has taken over the management, support and billing of all OzEmail wireless (iBurst) customers. Under the terms of the sale agreement the acquisition by BigAir includes more than 3,000 wireless subscribers all of whom have now been migrated to the BigAir core network and billing systems. BigAir managing director, Jason Ashton said that this acquisition puts BigAir ahead of schedule for its target to reach 10,000 customers by November 2006. Prior to this acquisition BigAirs customer base had already reached 4,000 and it is growing rapidly. BigAir customers are attracted to the speed and flexibility of our copper-free wireless broadband networks and they are also attracted to the premium service levels offered across all of the services that we deliver. The move follows BigAir Groups recent acquisition of Veritel Wireless and precedes the companys upcoming listing on the ASX. We are the only Australian wireless provider to offer a complete range of fixed, portable and mobile wireless broadband services and we have plans to expand our network and wireless service offerings into the other major capital cities across Australia, Jason Ashton said. We have already extended an offer to invest in our Initial Public Offering (IPO) to our existing customers which has been well received and we are now delighted to be able to offer our extended customer base the opportunity to participate in the upcoming float. BigAir Groups iBurst service is a completely mobile wireless broadband service. It is an 'always on' Internet connection that enables users to surf the web, do email, download files, access office VPN networks, and more, all at speeds of up to 1Mbps. With iBurst, users can access broadband in their home, office, or on the move as it is transmitted though the air waves from local radio towers to a computer within the coverage area, and provides access to the Internet without the need for dedicated telephone lines or cable TV connections. The IPO for shares in BigAir Group Limited is made in accordance with its Prospectus lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 20 October 2005. Application for shares under this offer can only be made on the application form attached to the Prospectus. The Prospectus is available during the Offer Period at www.bigair.com.au/prospectus <http://www.bigair.com.au/prospectus>. BigAir Group has extended the closing date for its IPO for two weeks in order to allow its most recently acquired customers the opportunity to invest in its IPO. About BigAir BigAir is a Licensed Telecommunications Carrier and infrastructure based ISP rolling out its own broadband network across Sydney, with plans to rollout in to other capital cities, using carrier-grade high-speed wireless equipment. BigAir is able to offer businesses a range of communication solutions including high-speed symmetric wireless broadband from 2M to 100M, mobile wireless broadband services for laptops and PCs, hosting and data centre services, 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. For more information, please visit www.bigair.com.au For information regarding the IPO or to request a copy of the prospectus please contact: BBY Limited (Lead Broker for the IPO) on 1800 551 212.