Swift Networks contracted to serve up St Barbara in WA via Telstra partnership

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St Barbara's Gwalia mine located three kilometres south of Leonora, Western Australia.

Telecommunications and content solutions provider Swift Networks (ASX: SW1) has leveraged its promising relationship with Telstra (ASX: TLS) and delivered a new and significant contract win in the resources sector.

Major gold company St Barbara (ASX: SBM) has selected Swift Networks and Telstra to upgrade its digital entertainment and connectivity services at its 329-man camp in Leonora, the current site of the huge Gwalia mine that’s located 3 kilometres away.

The mine was originally established in 1897 by Herbert Hoover, who later became the 31st President of the United States, and currently sports a 1.9 million ounces gold reserve.

St Barbara has contracted Swift and Telstra for a total of 3 years, with the two companies to jointly install network infrastructure to deliver wireless internet to each room being occupied by the various mining operations staff and upgrade the existing internet link to a fibre-based solution.

This will be followed by the provision of ongoing telecommunication services for a period of 2 years, although this could later be extended subject to further negotiations.

Swift currently serves a range of clients by providing premium multi-lingual content from around the world via its proprietary cloud-based platform.

Its prime services include free-to-air and paid television, telecommunications, Internet services and wireless networks — streamed via video on demand including content from some of Hollywood’s largest studios.

The company currently has its infrastructure deployed in more than 310 sites and approximately 65,000 rooms across the mining, oil, gas, aged care, retirement village and hospitality sectors.

As part of the agreed deal with St. Barbara, Swift will also directly provide its entertainment and crew welfare system, including pay TV, wireless internet, free-to-air TV and 24/7 support, across the contract term.

“We are delighted that St Barbara has selected Swift Networks and Telstra as their providers of choice to ensure personnel remain connected and entertained whilst away from home,” said Mr Xavier Kris, CEO of Swift Networks.

“The strength of our blue-chip partnerships and the opportunities they are delivering are exciting for our business. Telstra and Swift continue to successfully work side by side to deliver market-leading solutions to the resources sector in addition to other verticals,” said Mr Kris.

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