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Telecom Sells Mobile Radio Business To Teamtalk

Telecom Sells Majority Share In Mobile Radio Business To Teamtalk

Telecom today announced it has sold its mobile radio business to Wellington-based company TeamTalk.

Following TeamTalk’s acquisition of Telecom’s mobile radio business, Telecom will acquire a 19.9% shareholding in TeamTalk.

Telecom General Manager Mobile Mohan Jesudason says the sale to TeamTalk reflects Telecom’s transformation into an online and communications business.

“While mobile radio still plays a crucial role in the telecommunications sector, it is no longer a core business area for Telecom. Hence our decision to sell our mobile radio business to TeamTalk.”

The sale includes Fleetlink – trunked mobile radio network – as well as Telecom’s other mobile radio services – Easyplan product rental, the Easytrac vehicle location service, and private mobile radio.

The Commerce Commission gave clearance for Telecom’s mobile radio business to be sold to TeamTalk in May 2000. Mobile radio staff have been offered employment with TeamTalk.

TeamTalk Chief Executive Officer David Ware says the sale will have a positive impact on emergency services such as ambulance organisations.

“TeamTalk has offered a nationwide emergency call priority service comparable to Fleetlink’s for the past five years. The quality of that service will only be enhanced by the merger with Telecom’s mobile radio networks.”

Mr Ware says the sale will provide greater coverage, and allow TeamTalk to offer a wider range of products and services. (mtc)

“We’re delighted to have Telecom’s mobile radio team coming on board, and are already planning to make the most of the new opportunities this deal will bring.”

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