Telstra has launched a new mining communications services department.
It today announced the formation of Telstra Mining Services, calling it a strategic investment in the industry, following the takeover of a mining communications technology services business, adding the new acquisition will become a key pillar of Telstra Global Enterprise and Services strategy to build new growth businesses.
“Telstra will acquire the network design and consulting services business of CBO Telecommunications, whose capabilities include deep expertise across Wi-Fi and Mesh technologies and the design, build and maintenance of enterprise grade networks used in mine sites,” the group said today.
“Building on our strong organic foundation, the acquisition of CBO’s network consulting, engineering and services business was the next step to expand our communications business beyond the mine gate,” head of Telstra Global Services, David Keenan, said.
It went on to state the acquisition complements the planned future growth of Telstra’s mining focused private LTE and public TLE (LANES) business.
“These investments are part of our strategy to create a significant global mining technology product and services business,” Telstra Global Enterprise and Service group managing director Martijn Blanken said.
“Telstra is committed to becoming a new driving force for mining in Australia by helping the industry transition to a digital future.”
Keenan said the downturn works in Telstra’s favour, as miners are focusing on efficiency and productivity measures as a way to cut costs.
“This downturn has created a once in a lifetime shift, where miners are looking to technology innovation to help them future-proof their operations,” he said
“Telstra Mining Services will be focused on helping our mining customers drive better business outcomes by significantly improving in-shift staff and asset productivity.
“Telstra Mining Services will deliver the technology solutions that makes this possible, such as high bandwidth networks, mobility solutions and software capabilities, through our own developments, strategic partnerships and in bespoke collaboration with customers.”
The company has appointed Anglo American Platinum’s former head of technology and innovation Jeanette McGill as head of Telstra Mining Services.
Eric Nettleton, who previously led the automation technology R&D team at Rio Tinto Innovation and the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation to develop new technologies, will join Telstra’s Global Products and Solutions team.
“This investment means we can confidently meet the industry’s communication needs at Australian mine sites. With the addition of Jeannette McGill, Eric Nettleton and the CBO team to the existing Telstra Mining Industry team, we have significantly strengthened our mining specific domain expertise,” Kennan added.
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