Former AAPT CEO David Yuile has been appointed as Nextgen Networks' new managing director.
Yuile announced that he was leaving AAPT in February, when the sale of AAPT to TPG was being finalised. Telecom New Zealand announced the sale of AAPT in December last year, for AU$450 million.
At the time, Yuile said he was going to take a break to consider his options.
During his time as CEO of AAPT, Yuile was responsible for leading the transformation of the company, with focus on wholesale broadband services, business offerings, and its fibre network. In his seven years with AAPT, Yuile also served as chief operating officer, general manager of network and technology, and general manager of networks.
Prior to joining AAPT, Yuile was director of network and operations at PowerTel, CEO of 90 East, and co-founder of Sales Technology.
Nextgen Group CEO Peter McGrath said Yuile's appointment will increase the company's capability and focus on its corporate, government, and carrier customers who are looking to utilise Nextgen's services.
"Datacentre outsourcing and a growing demand for cloud services highlight a need for high-quality, high-speed network connectivity solutions. We also see a key role for Nextgen to connect businesses and service providers to the NBN," he said.
In March, Nextgen Networks inked a deal with French telco group Alcatel-Lucent, as well as Shell and Inpex, to build a 2,000-kilometre undersea fibre-optic cable system between Darwin and Port Headland. The deal will provide high-speed data and voice communications for Inpex's Ichthys liquefied natural gas project and Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project, both located in the Browse Basin off the north-west Australian coast.
The project is worth upwards of AU$100 million over two years, and is expected to be completed in 2016.
Speaking about his appointment, Yuile said he plans to help Nextgen take advantage of the existing networks Nextgen owns.
"They've got an amazing network of fibre across Australia, and what I want to do is help them put that together with a whole bunch of new generation datacentres. They have a really compelling story in terms of the combination of high speed network with datacentres to drive the backbone of Australia in terms of network for the internet, corporates, and governments," he said.
"We're in a really good position to do that because of where we are, and we've got some compelling opportunities like NBN and Vodafone to help them solve some of the back core challenges they have in Australia."