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14 September 2017

EV World, New Zealand

This year, ChargePoint participated in New Zealand’s EV World Electric Vehicle Industry and Public Showcase. The conference, which took place on the 8th and 9th of September 2017, was held during International Drive Electric Week (9-17 September).

22 June 2017

Visionstream Wireless Project team surpasses 2 million staff hours LTI free

Visionstream’s Wireless Project team, consisting of the Ericsson nbn Fixed Wireless Roll out, Telstra Wireless and the NSW Telecommunications Authority Project, recorded 2.09 million staff hours without a lost time injury (LTI) as at the end of May and over 1.61 million staff hours without a medically treated injury (MTI). This record exceeds industry averages and highlights how the local Visionstream Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) coordinators work collaboratively with field staff, contractors and engineers to foster a strong safety culture.

“Most companies celebrate the milestone of a million staff hours LTI free, the fact that we have surpassed 2 million staff hours LTI free, plus over a million staff hours MTI free on a national construction project is a cause for great celebration” says David Wright, National SHEQ Manager – Wireless Projects, Communications Division, “These great results follow a concerted effort by our SHEQ personnel and leaders across Visionstream to educate our employees and subcontractors about work safety.”

The Wireless Projects team completes Greenfield builds and upgrades of telecommunication towers across Australia, in all states and most territories, including remote sites in the outback. Visionstream prioritises safety and strives to ensure all workers go home in the same condition they arrived at the start of their shift, no matter where they may be working and how tight the deadline. “The importance of working safely, and speaking up if something is not right, is part of the Visionstream safety culture and a message that is not lost on our people,” says Darren Shannon, Project Director – Wireless Projects, Communications Division.

For more information on Visionstream Wireless Projects, including the Ericsson Fixed Wireless Project and the Optus Wireless Project, please visit http://www.visionstream.com.au/projects/.

24 May 2017

JDRF One Ride 2017: A personal reflection on passion and finding your inner strength

Recently, 17 riders from Visionstream took part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) One Ride, as part of Visionstream’s wider commitment to corporate social responsibility. “One Ride gives us the opportunity, not only support Type 1 Diabetes research, but also to work as a team, and to encourage our people to be healthy and active,” says Richard Kelleway, CEO Visionstream.

In total, 369 people took part in the event and over $1.1 million was raised to support research for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and its complications. A team of around 100 riders, led by CEO Andy Penn, represented Telstra, who topped the fundraising leader board, with an impressive $355,690 raised. Riding alongside Telstra, Visionstream came in second with a solid final fundraising total of $78,140.

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10 April 2017

Visionstream indigenous partnership cleans up!

One of Visionstream’s national nbn teams based in Australia’s mid north coast of NSW is working to upgrade a boat ramp and surrounding picnic area in Kempsey, partnering with the local indigenous community, contractors and Kempsey Shire Council after a successful program of works connecting the region to the national broadband network.

Visionstream identified a skills gap in their nbn project, based around the Port Macquarie and Kempsey area, and engaged Real Futures, a training and employment service supporting indigenous Australians, to connect job ready people with the Visionstream team.

Indigenous employees sourced from Real Futures were deployed to the project working with Visionstream to roll out the nbn and paving the way to connect homes and businesses to the nbn.  As part of the Real Futures program, 50 Visionstream employees and subcontractors undertook cultural awareness training to gain a better insight into indigenous culture.  

The partnership between the teams was so successful that Visionstream, Real Futures and local contractors joined forces to work on a community improvement program, to benefit the local area. An upgrade project was identified, including rubbish and weed removal, the installation of new park benches, an upgrade of the path around the area and the planting of indigenous flora.  To celebrate the successful completion of the project, a thank you BBQ and game of touch football was enjoyed by all.

Visionstream is supportive of nbn’s Reconciliation Action Plan and is finding unique ways to support its development and growth across our business.

29 March 2017

40 new Chargepoint charging bays open at Westfield Shopping centres across Australia

Chargepoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, is pleased to announce that 40 new ChargePoint charging bays have opened at 10 Westfield shopping centre sites across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. BMW Australia partnered with Westfield to install free ChargePoint charging stations to enable both full battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivers to recharge for free whilst they shop. The initiative was conceived last year as part of BMW and Westfield’s commitment to sustainability, with ChargePoint chosen as the preferred supplier. All Westfield charging stations are now in operation with a view to expand the network as EV popularity grows. The installation of the charging stations positions Westfield shopping centres as the leading shopping destinations for EV drivers.

ChargePoint is Australia’s leading EV infrastructure supplier and has a network of over 33,000 charging stations globally. There are 340 ChargePoint charging stations located across Australia. “As the number of charging stations grows, it becomes easier for individuals and businesses to choose to drive electric,” says Richard Kelleway, CEO, Visionstream.  Chargepoint expects that the initiative will be a key factor in increasing the number of EVs on Australian roads over the coming years. “This should make people sit up and take notice of the EV movement. If businesses and organisations want to attract EV drivers, they will need to provide the necessary infrastructure,” adds Kelleway.

3 March 2017

Visionstream ensures continuous mobile reception at Melbourne’s biggest events

If you shared or are sharing pictures or videos live from any of the following events in Melbourne you've got the Visionstream Optus Wireless Project (OWP) team to thank!

  • Carols by Candlelight - Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • New Year Eve’s 2016 celebrations
  • Australian Open 2017
  • White Night (18 -19 February)
  • Moomba Festival (10 -13 March).

The team have installed a transportable cell tower, or Cell on Wheels (COW) that ensures continuous and enhanced Optus 4G mobile coverage at the events.

The COW caters for major events, where phone and data usage are at higher than normal levels. To deploy one COW can be likened to building almost three permanent mobile sites capacity wise within a week.

“We are very pleased to see another successful deployment of the COW by our OWP team,” says Richard Kelleway, CEO, Visionstream. “Installing these towers is a mammoth task and it is a testament to the dedication and hard work of this team that the COW was in place one week ahead of schedule.” The tower will continue to bring enhanced coverage to the precinct until March 2017.

 

With more than 20 years’ industry experience and end-to-end project capabilities across design, construction, operations and maintenance services, Visionstream’s delivery of mission critical networks is supported by robust project management methodologies, in-house technical capabilities, an extensive sub-contractor network and a strong culture of safety and sustainability.

Partnering with our clients, we find solutions for the key issues facing network operators including accessibility, efficiency, reliability, safety, equity and security.

Visionstream is part of Ventia, one of the largest services businesses in Australasia delivering smart solutions with the vision to lead the way in infrastructure services by harnessing the power of technology. Ventia has operations in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea.

1 March 2017

Visionstream unveils new ChargePoint Electric Vehicle charging station at Heatherton

A new ChargePoint Electric Vehicle Charging Station has been unveiled at Visionstream’s office in Heatherton, Victoria. ChargePoint is the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, with their Australian arm operated by Visionstream.

Currently ChargePoint has over 300 networked charging stations across Australia and 2,200+ member drivers. The additional charging station at Heatherton adds another ChargePoint public charging station to the network which ChargePoint members can view conveniently via their smart phones and use with a simple access card.

Visionstream CEO, Richard Kelleway, said that he was pleased to see the uptake of ChargePoint and EV’s in Australia.

“ChargePoint is expanding its Australian footprint through strategic relationships with councils, hoteliers, fuel companies and car park operators in an effort to educate the community on the benefit of EVs and a better way to drive,” he said.

As more and more ChargePoint charging stations pop up on Australia’s main arterials, workplaces, shopping centres, homes and apartment buildings, driving an EV is set to become even more convenient for individuals and businesses.

“Businesses are under a lot of pressure to minimise their environmental footprint and to introduce greener processes, it’s inevitable that EVs will continue to grow in popularity,” said Kelleway. “We are striving to stay ahead of the curve and develop strategic, sustainable and efficient solutions for individuals and businesses to better manage the impact of their driving.”

1 March 2017

Visionstream New Zealand secure Chorus Service Person of the Year Award

Visionstream New Zealand has taken out Chorus’ most coveted award - the ‘2017 Chorus Service Person of the Year’ at the recent SPOTY Awards held in Auckland on Thursday 23 February.

The Chorus Service Person of the Year was awarded to Visionstream’s UFB-Connect technician Erman Cikan, recognising his outstanding customer service, with the support of the broader UFB-Connect team.

Visionstream has now held this title for the last four out of five years, which was complemented by a range of other illustrious 2017 SPOTY industry awards:

  • Outstanding Customer Experience Award: Erman Cikan (Visionstream UFB-Connect Technician)
  • Outstanding Customer Experience Award (Highly Commended): Naresh Rajendran (Visionstream UFB-Connect Technician)
  • Team Leader Of The Year: Peter Oliver (UFB Build Project Manager)
  • People’s Choice Award: Margie Yu (Visionstream Service Commitment Centre) in collaboration with Brian O’Malley from Chorus.

Chorus is Visionstream’s major client and New Zealand’s largest telecommunications infrastructure company, responsible for the design, build and maintenance the country’s fixed line telecommunications network for present and future generations.

Congratulations to the winners, all teams involved, and especially the Visionstream New Zealand team who have another year as reigning titleholders. 

1 March 2017

Visionstream helps Waiheke Island to connect with the mainland

Visionstream has successfully completed the much-anticipated ultra-fast broadband build on Waiheke Island, enabling the connection of high speed broadband services to schools, business and homes.

Visionstream representatives joined NZ Communications Minister Amy Adams and Minister and Central Auckland MP Nikki Kaye, as well as representatives from Chorus, Auckland councillor Mike Lee and Local Waiheke board members for the announcement that the UFB communal build on Waiheke Island is now complete.

As part of the announcement, Visionstream was publicly acknowledged for its role in this success and for the contribution to the Waiheke residents and local businesses. Minister Adams emphasised the importance of the technology and how beneficial the new broadband is for the community and the local economy.

Almost 90 per cent of Waiheke Island now has access to the UFB service, including all local schools. Doctors will also see improvements in efficiency as they are now able to access patient files remotely, rather than travelling long distances back to Auckland Hospital.

The Waiheke Island UFB project took just under 18 months to complete and means that over 5,500 local homes and businesses have access to much faster, more reliable internet.

“This is just one example of how Visionstream’s role in the provision of UFB is helping New Zealanders connect, particularly in those more geographically isolated communities, where customers now enjoy the same world-leading broadband speeds as customers in central Auckland,” says Andrew Todd, General Manager Visionstream New Zealand.

“Visionstream is committed to growing the New Zealand footprint through delivering an excellent customer experience and offering innovative, quality products and services in a way that provides value.”

“In terms of the Chorus network, the average connection speed is now 33Mbps; more than doubling over the past year,” added Todd.

Visionstream has completed more than 60 per cent of the Auckland UFB rollout and continues to meet delivery KPIs.  More than 30 per cent of end customers passed have taken up a fibre service, setting the benchmark for end customer connections.

Visionstream is proud to play a role in this important technological advancement for New Zealand.