Telstra Statement On Opel Termination

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2 April, 2008


Telstra statement on OPEL termination

Telstra Country Wide® Group Managing Director, Mr Geoff Booth, today welcomed the

decision by the new Federal Government to terminate the Broadband Connect

Infrastructure Funding granted to the SingTel Optus/Elders joint venture OPEL.

Mr Booth said it was a commonsense decision as the OPEL plan failed to meet the

fundamental requirements of the funding and would have done nothing to increase the

availability of broadband access in rural and remote Australia.

"The previous Government's decision was made as a result of poor process and delivered

little for regional Australia.

"It’s now time to put this mess behind us and move on. Telstra, the Federal Government

and the industry as a whole need to look forward and come up with a realistic and

achievable holistic solution for getting broadband to all Australians with 21st century


As a result of the Federal Government's decision Telstra's legal proceedings to access

documents relevant to the previous Government's decision on the Broadband Connect

tender will now come to an end.

Telstra Media Contact:

Jeremy Mitchell

Tel:  (02) 8293 2340 

Mbl: 0438 205 416

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