My experience in the Telecommunications Industry is over a 45 year period.
I commenced as a Technician in Training at the PMG training centre in Tooronga in 1966. I was fortunate to be awarded my first choice location of Bairnsdale. A five year traineeship followed.
My early years in the PMG were working in the “Auto” room which originally was an “electro-mechanical” exchange. This was replaced by Ericsson “X-bar” equipment which had common control equipment with a contact switching. From the Auto Room I commenced servicing the remote exchanges in the East Gippsland region.
In 1975, now employed by Telecom, I applied and was selected to commence training to gain a “Certificate of Technology in Electronics” in Melbourne. This course was over a three year period after which I was stationed in Maffra supervising a small team of technicians responsible for the ARF (X-Bar) exchange servicing Maffra, the remote exchanges around the Maffra region and the digital radio bases at Dargo and Mt. Moornappa near Briagalong.
In 1981 I moved to Jeeralang just outside of Churchill in the Latrobe Valley and commenced working in the SECV communications section. In my time with the SECV, I gained experience with AWA Dimension CPU controlled exchanges, VF protection of Power lines, multi-channel carrier equipment on copper and via radio links, digital carrier over Fibre Optic equipment. My final position was supervisor of the VF Protection/Carrier group.
In 1989 I joined NEC and worked in a small team of technicians in Traralgon. Our focus was breaking into the Telecommunication market that Telstra were abandoning to concentrate on their carrier business. NEC was a major player in this market back then and they continue to be so today.
NEC limited their direct selling preferring to use a dealer channel and this was the commencement of ATR Communications. In 1991 ATR started selling NEC Telecommunications systems. In 1993 ATR was incorporated and established our first office which was located in my personal home.
Anthony Matley, a personal friend, commenced working for ATR in the Bairnsdale region shortly after and must be acknowledged that his early endeavours were a big part of the success of the company.
ATR’s headquarters were originally based in the Traralgon office in Argyle Street which was relocated to Bairnsdale because of other business interests in Bairnsdale.
ATR have been installing and maintaining Telephone, Security, Access Control and Electrical systems in the Gippsland region for major customers such as Bairnsdale Hospital; East Gippsland Shire Council; Departments of Primary Industries/Sustainability and Environment; Department of Human Services, Victorian Police, Moe Railway Precinct, Carter Holt Harvey, ASH Timber, Commercial Road Primary School & Australian Paper for many years and I believe that we have the staff to continue to provide this service. ATR has a commitment to our staff to provide ongoing training to keep the company current with the latest technology so that our customers can expect to be presented with products and services that keep them competitive in their markets with stable leading edge communications.
NEC has been a major manufacturer and supplier of Telecommunications in Australia since 1975. NEC has a manufacturing plant in Melbourne which also accommodates their telecommunication engineering team. I am proud to be part of the NEC dealership network.