Superloop, Comscentre to provide network, hosted and managed services

Brisbane-based elastic fibre provider Superloop has entered into a strategic partnership with Australian enterprise-grade network specialist Comscentre to deliver a suite of network, hosted and managed services.

Superloop said under the collaboration its own metro fibre network allowed Comscentre to deliver network, hosted and managed services to its customers at speeds of up to 90Gbps and beyond.

0“Our partnership with Comscentre means our customers have a single source for network, hosting and managed services,” added Superloop CEO Drew Kelton.

“With Superloop’s metropolitan fibre networks providing high speed capacity and ubiquitous connectivity, and Comscentre’s network, hosting and managed services, customers can expect real value, seamless connectivity, low latency, and value add unrivalled in Australian network infrastructure and managed services delivery.”

Comscentre MD Ben Shipley said by combining Superloop’s network-based infrastructure platform with Comscentre’s hosted services, comms and collaboration capabilities, his firm is able to deliver  differentiated value to its customers, “significantly reducing costs associated with legacy network infrastructure and connectivity providers.”

Drew Kelton, Chief Executive Officer, Superloop said: “Our partnership with Comscentre means our customers have a single source for network, hosting and managed services. With Superloop’s metropolitan fibre networks providing high speed capacity and ubiquitous connectivity, and Comscentre’s network, hosting and managed services, customers can expect real value, seamless connectivity, low latency, and value add unrivalled in Australian network infrastructure and managed services delivery.”

Inabox buy hits MNF Group financials

Telecommunications software and services provider MNF Group (ASX:MNF) has flagged declines in revenue and profit for the year ending June, citing negative impacts stemming from its acquisition of Inabox Group’s (ASX:IAB) wholesale business, among other factors.

MNF Group’s after-tax net profit fell by roughly 3.9 percent, compared to the year prior, to $11.4 million, the company told shareholders in its annual financial results, released on 27 August. At the same time, revenue declined by about 2.4 percent, to nearly $215.6 million.

The company said its 2019 net profit after tax (NPAT) was negatively impacted by $1.2 million of acquisition costs, associated with the Inabox purchase, incurred during the year. It also flagged amortisation costs of $1.4 million during the year. 

MNF Group struck a deal to acquire the wholesale and enablement business of Inabox Group late last year, in a deal worth between $30.5 million-$35.5 million, ultimately fending off a rival offer for the business by SB&G Telecoms in December. 

The company has touted its successful acquisition as being highly complementary and synergistic with the wholesale business of its Symbio brand. 

“IAB performs a leading role in the Australian wholesale telecommunications market and brings considerable volume and scale to the MNF business. The company is also recognised as the leading provider of SaaS enablement services to the industry – strongly complementing the MNF business,” MNF Group CEO Rene Sugo said when the acquisition plans were announced.

In its latest financials, MNF Group told shareholders that the integration of the business is well underway, with most of the operational teams set to complete integration over the next few months and network integration expected to be finalised by the end of 2020. 

The company also indicated that, although full year revenue had declined, in part due to a decrease in lower margin transactional revenue, its gross profit margin had increased from $69 million in FY18 to $82.5 million this year. 

While MNF Group’s revenue and NPAT figures were slightly down, the company’s underlying NPAT – not including acquisition and amortisation expenses – in 2019 was up by 13 percent, year-on-year, to $15.9 million.

In the same period, the company’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grew by 11 percent, to $27.2 million, with FY20 guidance remaining unchanged at $33 million-$36 million. 

WA aged care provider readies for digital Royal Commission with MacTel SD-WAN

Macquarie Telecom has signed a deal with aged care provider Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA, Western Australia Division), under which it will deliver SD-WAN capabilities and help the organisation prepare for the digital aged care future.

RAAFA is a trusted retirement living and aged care provider in WA operating six retirement villages comprising 1,420 living units and apartments, 19 assisted living units, 446 residential care places and 14 short stay accommodation units.

“RAAFA is putting its residents first by building a network capable of delivering home care technology our elderly need,” said Macquarie Telecom Group Executive Luke Clifton.

As part of the deal, Macquarie Telecom has rolled out its SD-WAN service to facilities  in Erskine and Albany struggling with poor bandwidth and internet connectivity. Prior to the deployment, staff at the two sites could not reliably access services such as security, CCTV monitoring and financial systems.

The network also experienced a complete outage on a monthly basis,” said the telco. It noted that the technology had boosted speeds five-fold, reducing outages to zero and bringing it up to speed with other sites.

“One of the key terms of reference for the planned Royal Commission into aged care is how to ensure more people can remain at home as they age,” said RAAFA ICT GM Craig Burkett.

“Technology will play a huge role in that – through sensors in the home, virtual reality and more,” he said. “We’re leveraging the full suite of Macquarie’s services, including SD-WAN and cloud, to build a network across all our facilities that will enable us to provide a higher standard of care for the elderly in WA.”

 

Ooyala scores new media management deal with Gunners

Ooyala is expanding its range of services to Arsenal Football Club, adding its Flex Media Platform which allows users to automate tasks, simplify workflows and speed up the time-to-market for content creators and distributors.

Ooyala said the Platform will help Arsenal to manage metadata and video assets across the North London football club’s operations,.

“Arsenal is one of the most famous global brands, in the world’s most popular sport,” said Ooyala CEO Jonathan Huberman. “It was Arsenal’s need to connect with fans around the world, on every device, platform and language – and to do so easily and profitably — that drew the storied football club to our platform, which powers a vast array of clients in the media and sports sectors.”

The club, a member of the English Premier League, will continue using Ooyala’s Online Video Platform and Digital Video Playout services for both live and on demand video services.

“In the sports-video universe, fan engagement is all about getting the right videos to the right fans on every device and platform, all at flawless quality and speed. Today’s fans expect nothing less,” Huberman added. “Arsenal has brilliantly built and burnished its brand, and managing its audience engagement with the right video support is crucial to that ongoing process.”

TDL ROLLS OUT TECH PLATFORM FOR SHELLHARBOUR CIVIC CENTRE

Richmond, Victoria based IT and managed services provider Thomas Duryea Logicalis (TDL) has won a key contract with Shellharbour City Council, to deliver a new technology platform specifically designed for the New South Wales town’s civic centre. Continue reading “TDL ROLLS OUT TECH PLATFORM FOR SHELLHARBOUR CIVIC CENTRE”