Symbio Networks Announces New Zealand Wholesale Voice Network

Symbio Networks, a recognised industry leader in IP Voice communications and part of the MNF Group (ASX:MNF), today announces significant expansion of its New Zealand operations, with roll out of a nationwide fully-interconnected voice network and appointment of New Zealand telco industry veteran Steve Norman to oversee wholesale business development and carrier relations.

The deployment of the new-generation IP voice network in New Zealand will enable Symbio to deliver next generation wholesale voice capabilities to service providers and over-the-top (OTT) voice application players nationwide. Symbio has been delivering call termination and number hosting services in New Zealand since 2008, and the network deployment is now set to significantly scale up its involvement in the country’s telco industry.

 “With MNF Group’s recent acquisition of TNZI and its focus on investment in infrastructure, the time is now right to step up our activities in New Zealand in order to offer service providers and OTT players a next generation wholesale provider,” said Jon Cleaver, CCO of Symbio parent company MNF Group.

“We’re finding that the big telcos are focused on their own growth, and few are developing the capabilities at wholesale level to support the wave of OTT players that are entering the marketing and shaping the future of the industry. That’s where Symbio fits in - Symbio’s solutions are modular and scalable, with the flexibility to accommodate specialised service providers’ needs, bringing enhanced innovation and product choice to the New Zealand wholesale voice market.”

In addition to deploying a national IP voice network, Symbio Networks has also appointed Auckland-based Steven Norman as Business Development and Carrier Relations Manager to drive Symbio’s New Zealand operations. Steven has over twenty five years experience in the New Zealand domestic telco market, most recently in international carrier sales and interconnection. Steve is a previous member of the Number Administration Deed (NAD) and New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) committees, working closely with consumers and regulators alike.

Speaking at the inaugural NZ Telecommunications & Broadband Summit in Auckland yesterday, Cleaver summed up Symbio’s business objectives:  “We believe that Symbio’s expansion in New Zealand will drive healthy wholesale competition and support much needed local innovation. Symbio has made significant investment in its smart network, developing our own applications, as well as supporting OTT applications with APIs, to help new-generation service providers drive customer service and ultimately profitability.”

“Our agile solutions provide a real point of difference for customers and we look forward to taking our business in New Zealand to the next level with Steven Norman at the helm.”

About Symbio Networks

Symbio delivers wholesale carriage and managed services to the telecommunications industry, providing network operators proven IP communications solutions and the ability to scale and evolve to make the most of this fast-growing market. Services include call termination and origination, number porting and hosting, hosted SIP end-points and SIP Trunks. Symbio also delivers wholesale aggregation and OSS/BSS enablement via its feature-rich iBoss platform.

Symbio Networks was incorporated in 2002 and as of 2012 is a wholly owned subsidiary of the MyNetFone Group (ASX:MNF).

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