Paul O’Sullivan named 2013 Communications Ambassador at ACOMMs Gala Award Night
Category Awards to Internode, NetComm Wireless, Inomial, iiNet, Next Telecom, AAPT, iiNet/CSIRO and Optus.
Sydney, 18 July 2013
Paul O’Sullivan – a revered champion of competition and one of the most influential leaders in Australian communications over the past 15 years – has been named Australian Communications Ambassador 2013.
The winners of the prestigious 2013 Communications Alliance & CommsDay Awards were announced tonight at the Annual ACOMM Awards Dinner in Sydney.
Attended by almost 500 of Australia’s telco industry leaders, the event was crowned by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator the Hon. Kate Lundy and the Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband, the Hon. Ed Husic MP presenting the Ambassador award to Mr O’Sullivan, who is the former CEO of Optus and presently CEO Consumer for Singtel.
The individual category awards were taken out by a star-studded line-up of Australian service providers - featuring long-established players and ‘new faces’ – including Internode, NetComm Wireless, Inomial, iiNet, Next Telecom, AAPT, iiNet/CSIRO and Optus.
“The ACOMM Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for the Australian communications industry and I congratulate all the winners and finalists in the 2013 ACOMMS,” said Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton.
"CommsDay congratulates the short listed nominees and the winners. It was a very tight race this year which highlights the continuing quality of Australia's telecommunications industry," said CommsDay founder Grahame Lynch.
The 2013 Communications Ambassador, Paul O’Sullivan is a recognised leader in Australian telecommunications and was for many years the most influential and visible industry champion of increased competition.
Paul joined Optus in 1994 where, after successful stints running the Optus retail presence and as Director, Mobile, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 1998.
In 2004, Paul became Chief Executive Officer of Optus and oversaw the transition to a SingTel company. As CEO, Paul was responsible for the remarkable turnaround in Optus’ performance from a $304 million loss in 2002 to a $1.136 billion profit in 2013 with $1.111 billion in free cash flow. Paul has overseen network investment projects that have established Optus as the number two telecommunications operator in Australia.
Paul was responsible for multi-billion dollar investments in Optus’ networks that has resulted in a footprint of over 10,000 mobile base stations, including approximately 5,400 3G base stations and a growth in mobile subscribers from five to nine million in 2012, five satellites in orbit; six satellite earth stations, and over 26,000 km of HFC cable in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Paul was an innovator overseeing a number of firsts at Optus including;
- The first home broadband bundle plan with the very popular “Fusion” offer
- The first consumer small cell offer, the Optus Home zone, a small femto-cell which enhanced domestic network coverage
- Connected Australia’s first LTE data call in the 700MHz “Digital Dividend” spectrum band
- An innovative new SIM Backup service both business and consumer customers
- The launch of MyTime, a new mobile benefit designed to bring family and friends together and make mobile phones more economical.
- A first-to-market mobile pod-casting partnership with the Macquarie Radio Network to deliver radio content to Optus customers
Paul holds a BA in Economics and Moderatorship from Trinity College, University of Dublin and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
The winners of the 2013 ACOMM Awards are:
- Communications Ambassador – Paul O’Sullivan for strong leadership and outstanding contribution to the co-operative development and growth of the industry.
- Innovation - Large Company – Internode for being the first broadband company in Australia to offer IPv6 as a standard service for both ADSL and NBN customers. Since launching a 20-month public trial in 2009, Internode has consistently led the country in its adoption of IPv6.
- Innovation - SME – Netcomm Wireless for its innovative wireless broadband - the NTC-30 Series. Outdoor technology that extends a powerful 3G/4G phone, WiFi and Ethernet connection to homes, businesses and industry in remote, offshore and metropolitan black spot areas without fixed line services.
- Innovation in Content Delivery – AAPT for its innovative system of ‘connect, transfer and store’ to empower broadcasters of all sizes to deliver content across the globe.
- Services to the Industry, Professional Services – Inomial for its scalable, fault tolerant, real-time rating and policy management BigRating solution for voice, data, video on demand and utility service providers.
- Satellite Provider of the Year Award – Optus for their First Release Satellite Service (FRSS) as a managed service provider to NBN Co; the Aurora Digital Platform adding to the established VAST services for Free to Air Digital customers; and their off-the-shelf trailer-based V-SAT Solution for 3G coverage of remote workplaces.
- Community Contribution – Optus for its primary mobile coverage and critical network support during the extreme weather events that took place in Northern NSW and QLD earlier this year.
- Partnerships for Growth – iiNet and CSIRO for their Digital Productivity Services Flagship. Through this relationship, iiNet and CSIRO are able to share skills to develop products and services that are among the most innovative in Australia.
- Commitment to Customer Service: Consumer - iiNet for its team of in-home support technicians - techii™. techii™ which take the hassle out of connecting gadgets to super-fast iiNet broadband.
- Commitment to Customer Service: Corporate / Business – Next Telecom for Next Telecom’s fresh approach to business communications.
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