Surging Pivotel Named Business of the Year

Written on the 30 November 2021 by Marshall Hall

Internationally expanding telecommunications company Pivotel has been named as the Gold Coast’s Business of the Year.

Southport-headquartered Pivotel, which is one of just four licensed mobile telecommunications carriers in Australia, was named the winner of the prestigious honour at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards gala dinner at The Star on Saturday 20th November.

The company was founded in 2002 by industry veterans Peter Bolger and Robert Sakker after the acquisition of Vodafone’s mobile satellite business. The company now has more than 140 employees around the world, including 60 on the Gold Coast.

Mr Bolger said the growing company had a strong focus on delivering communication solutions for people and communities in rural, remote, critical, and maritime environments.

“Pivotel’s point of difference is its focus,’’ said Mr Bolger. “The company’s services allow users to stay in touch, so they can confidently and safely live, work, or play, no matter where they are located.”

Pivotel supports a wide range of customers across local, state, and federal governments, including government departments in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Columbia and a number of Pacific Island Nations. The organisation also provides services to blue-chip businesses like BHP and Rio Tinto, agricultural operators, small businesses that operate in regional areas, and individuals in rural and remote environments.

The business continues to see growth, despite the unpredictable nature of the last two years,’’ said Mr Bolger.

“In the past 12 months Pivotel’s customer numbers have increased by 12.2% globally as the company adds new products and services to meet the growing demand for worker safety, data, Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

“At the same time, Pivotel continues to explore new business growth opportunities, both domestically and overseas, through internal expansion and strategic acquisitions.”

The winners in the other Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards categories were:

  • Emerging & Micro Business Award:
  • Family Business Award:  Usher Group
  • Retail, Wholesale and Distribution Award: Austworld
  • Manufacturing Award: Superior Jetties
  • Construction and Trades Award: SEE Group
  • Professions and Services Award: GANDEN Engineers & Project Managers
  • Health and Wellbeing Award: Medical Rescue
  • IT and Digital Business Award: Powertec Wireless Technology
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Events Award: Gold Coast Turf Club
  • Mayor’s Innovation GC Award: Pivotel
  • Student Engagement: Dan the Sparky Man
  • Encouragement Award: Macro Mike
  • Business Person Hall of Fame: Soheil Abedian AM

The awards, now in their 26th year, aim to foster pride in the city’s business community and highlight its importance as a business hub. Some of the city’s best-known companies can claim to have been winners.


Author:Marshall Hall
About: Marshall Hall is the managing director of Gold Coast public relations, events management and human resources management company Consulting Hall.
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