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Tomizone to double staff levels and target offshore funds to fuel growth

Sathya Mithra Ashok | July 10, 2014
Managed Wifi provider, Tomizone, is riding high on the completion of its pilot with Skype Wifi, which provided free Wifi connectivity across 15 sites in Australia and New Zealand.

Managed Wifi provider, Tomizone, is riding high on the completion of its pilot with Skype Wifi, which provided free Wifi connectivity across 15 sites in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Steve Simms, CEO of Tomizone, the results from the pilot exceeded expectations all around.

"We kicked it off in mid-February and finished it at the close of June. We are currently analysing the results with Skype and Microsoft. We would have been happy if we had doubled the numbers on the trial hotspots. We have far exceeded that. We would have been happy if a small percentage of them downloaded the Skype Wifi app, and we have exceed that. So obviously the acceptance of the brand, of Skype and Tomizone, to run a free wifi service exists," says Simms.

Launch of a full service though is dependent on several factors and Tomizone is currently working with Skype to look into the possibility of partnership.

"It is more if we launch it, rather than when. Skype is just one potential partner. There are many other partners out there that want to look at this software platform we have got and how it works," says Simms.

The company, which is currently providing managed services to customers in over 108 countries, is also on an aggressive growth path that will see it double its staff strength in the next 18 months, and tap into global capital to back it up. It is also looking to confirm a global distributor by the end of the year.

"Our teams are going to grow considerably. We have essentially got our plan very well mapped out for the next 18 months and where we are going to go with the team sizing. We will be basing people under centres of excellence where our global distributor partner are going to be and our partner customers are going to be, and they would be doing mostly sales, provisioning and support.

"NZ will maintain itself as our R&D hub and product centre of excellence. We will probably be also looking at replicating some of that stuff up in the US, as well. But primarily all of our main stuff will come out of here," he says

"We are currently doing some funding rounds out of Australia. From there we will be looking at other offshore markets to fund us. Our next round is likely to be completed by the end of October this year," Simms adds.

Calling NZ the Silicon Valley of the South Pacific, Simms believes that ICT firms in the country are attracting a lot more capital and the next few years will see more money flowing in from offshore, especially Australia.

 

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