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CallPlus Appoints General Manager

CallPlus Appoints General Manager to Plan and Develop Telecommunication Networks

New Zealand, Auckland – Friday 25 August, 2006 - CallPlus, New Zealand’s largest 100% kiwi owned full service telecommunications company, has appointed John Butt as the new General Manager Networks for CallPlus Services Limited.

Mr Butt’s role will involve planning, development and construction of the CallPlus Network. He will also manage the operation of, facilities and services offered to CallPlus customers and wholesale sales and services.

Trained as a telecommunications engineer, Mr Butt’s management experience extends from Local Loop, to transmission over fibre and radio. He is a recognised expert in business risk analysis, utilising complex revenue models to review the risk of forecasts.

Mr Butt has held roles in executive sales and marketing management. For Telecom he managed its capital programme, set the inaugural company depreciation rates and created its calling marketing plan that led to the "animal's" series campaign. He was Network Director for Telecom Wellington prior to its incorporation back into Telecom.

The achievements Mr Butt has made within the telecommunications market include driving the cabinetisation of the Local Loop in the 1990s and the abolition of distance pricing for calls.

ENDS

About CallPlus

Established in 1996, CallPlus is New Zealand’s third largest fixed line, voice and internet company offering a full range of communication services in both business and residential markets through its CallPlus and Slingshot brands. The company has a strong focus on innovation, service delivery and building customer value which has contributed to the significant customer and revenue growth over the last five years. For more information visit www.callplus.co.nz and www.slingshot.co.nz

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