For New Zealand organisations, this acquisition is a significant development in supplier choice for trans-Tasman network and managed services, says Maxine Elliott, CEO, Vocus Communications New Zealand.
“The combined infrastructure assets of the two businesses means no other Australian or New Zealand provider can match our trans-Tasman own fibre coverage and capability across both countries,” says Elliott, in a statement.
“For example, if you need to connect to offices in any Australian city, you can now jump on the Vocus’ network from any major exchange in New Zealand, and remain on our network right through to your destination.
“Ultimately, this provides a more direct, better managed and controlled service compared with using multiple carriers.”
Vocus says the deal is worth $780 million, its largest acquisition to date. With this move, Vocus says it now has a market capitalisation of $1.5 billion.Read more: Retailers need advanced analytics to compete in digitalised marketplace: Gartner
Ultimately, this provides a more direct, better managed and controlled service compared with using multiple carriers.
Vocus owns and maintains in excess of 4,200km fibre throughout New Zealand, and 6,800km in Australia. It can now connect almost every Australian CBD building to its network, while its New Zealand network is one of the most UFB-connected. It also owns significant international capacity to USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, where it has several points of presence.
In addition to network services, Vocus owns and maintains 22 data centres throughout Australia and New Zealand.Read more: Lesly Goh: How I got into IoT
Last year, Vocus purchased New Zealand fibre provider FX Networks.
"Our industry continues to experience incredible growth, with insatiable demand for data," states Elliott. "And while we’ve always been in a strong position when it comes to the quality, resilience and scalability of our network, we can now offer customers a truly comprehensive fibre network spread across both countries.
“In addition, we wanted to provide our customers, which include government, large enterprise and channel, with a broader range of services. Now, with Amcom’s expertise in managed services, cloud and security solutions, we have plugged that gap.”
Vocus says it now has 3,000 clients, employs 600 staff throughout Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Australia, and has more than 20 offices.Read more: NZ IT spend to hit $11.4 billion, a slight decrease from 2014: Gartner
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