Aussie Broadband boss wins top Telco industry award
Aussie Broadband’s Managing Director, Phillip Britt, has been recognised for his contributions to the Australian communications industry at this year’s ACOMM awards.
Phil has been named Communications Ambassador of the Year, which is the highest honour presented by ACOMMS Communications Alliance each year.
The judges were impressed by his “sustained and meritorious commitment to competition and contribution” to the development of the Australian telecommunications market, including his achievement in transforming Aussie Broadband from a small regional-focused business into a “dynamic and high quality national ISP”.
Aussie Broadband also won Commitment to Customer Service for the second year in a row at the event, which was run virtually this year due to COVID-19.
Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said Phil is the personification of the qualities that the judging panel looks for in a Communications Ambassador.
“Phil has demonstrated unwavering commitment, above all else, to the interests of his customers and the welfare of his rapidly growing team of employees. He is technically savvy, a fierce competitor and sits at the forefront of industry innovation in this country.
“The ACOMM Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for the Australian communications industry and I congratulate all the winners and finalists in the 2020 ACOMMS,” he said.
Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher presented Phil Britt with the prestigious Communications Ambassador award, and said:
“This year’s ambassador is a thought leader, who has spent nearly three decades in the tech industry. He started his first Internet Service Provider (ISP) at the age of 18, largely because he wanted cheap internet,” he said.
“In 2003, he founded Wideband Networks with his business partner John Reisinger, from their lounge room in Morwell.”
“Seeing a growing need to extend broadband access into regional and rural areas of Australia, Wideband Networks merged with Westvic Broadband in 2008 to create Aussie Broadband,” he said.
During his speech, Phil said he was truly humbled to receive such a prestigious award.
“I would like to thank my business partner John Reisinger, our board, our shareholders, our amazing leadership team, and a special thanks to every one of the team members at Aussie Broadband. This belongs to all of you, because you’ve enabled our success over the years,” he said.
“The ACOMM awards are very important as they bring the whole industry together. I’ve been working in telecommunications for over 20 years now, and I can honestly say that there’s not been a year quite like this one.”
“COVID really has had a profound impact on the whole Telco industry. But it has also highlighted how much our industry matters to Australia. Today, the internet is no longer a luxury item, but a necessity that keeps Australia running,” Phil said.
“So we’re looking forward to working with you all to ensure we continue to change the game, not just for our customers but for all telco customers in Australia,” Phil said.
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