14 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
TPG Telecom subsidiary AAPT and Vocus’s M2 are seeking $1.8 million in debt from Buzz Telco, the Australian retail service provider that closed its doors earlier this year.
According to CRN Buzz Telco closed down following
disputes with its wholesale providers and Jeremy Chequer the
then general manager of the company said that it had switched
to Vocus in 2017 following a billing dispute with former
But when Vocus ended its agreement with Buzz Telco because
of a winding-up order issued by AAPT, chequer then ceased
As a result a liquidator’s report filed by
Andrew Barnden of Rodgers Reidy shows that AAPT has claimed
debts of $1.22 million from the company is addition to a
further $563,000 from Vocus’ M" who is also listed
as a creditor.
In addition the report also listed debts from NetComm for
$50,856, Telcoinabox for $32,968, the Telecommunication
Industry Ombudsman for $43,830 and Vocus itself for
Rodgers Reidy is currently investigating these debts and
company accounts, for which AAPT and M2 have been asked to
proof to back their claims. Though the company had debt owed to
it in the region of $5000-$7000, Barden expects the
company’s ex-clients to offset these costs against
the debts because of the interruption to their service caused
by the Buzz Telco’s abrupt closure.
Chequer announced the company’s closure by
email and via a post on Whirlpool's forums in April, saying:
"As a result of this [Vocus] termination, I am forced to
announce that, effective immediately, Buzz Telco will cease
trading. I have worked with a number of other providers to get
arrangements in place to ensure that customers are not left
without service during these unfortunate times."
Since closing Chequer has recommended three alternative
suppliers to Buzz Telco customers Mungi Internet, Dodo and