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Google Inc and Optus in enhanced alliance through Optus web and mobile services
18 Mar 2008

Google and Optus announced today an enhanced strategic alliance that will provide Optus customers with easy access to information and video, whenever they need it.

Google will now power Optus' web search on its consumer ISP portal myZOO later this year, enabling Optus users to easily search the web directly from their login page.

This is in addition to Google already providing a search function to Optus customers via their mobile phone, representing an Australian first in dual platform delivery of Google™ searches.

Other parts of the alliance include:

  • The display of relevant text based advertisements, using Google’s AdSense™ program, on the OptusZoo mobile portal and myZOO ISP portal.
  • Optus' mobile customers will have quick and easy access through the OptusZoo mobile portal to YouTube™, Australia's most popular destination for online video, directly from their mobile phone.

"This agreement will enhance the user experience for Optus' mobile and internet customers," Karim Temsamani, General Manager - Australia & New Zealand, Google Inc, said. "This is a strategic announcement for Google, as it adds a leading Australian ISP to Google's growing Australian partner network and helps further extend the reach of Google services to the mobile phone. We're thrilled to be working closely with Optus to help enhance its mobile and online services."

Optus has over seven million mobile customers and 893,000 broadband customers in Australia. (as of 31 December 2007)

Warren Hardy, Managing Director, Optus Consumer said: "Optus customers are demanding access to best-in-breed services and well known brands to meet their hunger for robust search functions, user generated content, and video on both their PCs and mobile handsets. This alliance gives our customers a truly converged experience with the added benefit of familiarity across both fixed and mobile platforms.”

Media contact:
Rob Shilkin, Google, rshilkin@google.com, +61 2 9374 4091
Melissa Clare, Optus, melissa.clare@optus.com.au, 0412 866 361

About Google Inc
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

Note: Google AdSense is a fast and easy way for digital publishers to display relevant advertisements that add value to their web content and the user experience.

Google, AdSense and YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc.

About Optus
Optus is an Australian leader in integrated telecommunications, delivering cutting-edge communications, information technology and entertainment services. In 2001 SingTel became the parent company of Optus, paving the way to become a strong and strategic telecommunications player within the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, visit www.optus.com.au.