Telenet acquires integrator Nextel to grow on business market

Belgian cable operator Telenet announced an agreement to acquire the Belgian integrator Nextel

Telenet has identified an increasing demand in the business market for end to end solutions and a single contact point for both telephone and network services. Going forward Telenet Business, which currently supplies these services mostly to small companies, aims to offer them to medium sized and large businesses following repeated requests from customers and in order to extend the existing partner network.

The takeover of NEXTEL will enable Telenet Business to better accommodate these expectations with, for example, end to end solutions such as cloud based telephone systems, integrated LAN/Wi-Fi solutions, Unified Communication & Collaboration (UCC), camera surveillance, and building access controls. NEXTEL is already delivering these types of services to over 5,000 customers and at 10,000 sites.

John Porter, CEO Telenet: ‘I am pleased that we have come to an agreement on the takeover of NEXTEL. This will enable Telenet Business to move forward and continue to support the growth initiated in recent years.’

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Peter Roelens, CEO TelelinQ: ‘I am convinced that the Telenet/Nextel combination will give our customers’ business an extra boost to give our customers a bigger advantage in their own markets. Moreover, Telenet is an excellent environment for NEXTEL employees to develop their ambitions and creativity even more.’

The takeover of TelelinQ NV includes its subsidiaries NEXTEL NV, NEXTEL Telecom Solutions NV, the Belgian integrator departments within the company and TelelinQ Distribution and Finance NV, a provider of rental and leasing solutions for ICT equipment. These activities delivered a turnover of approximately 47 million euros in 2016.

The planned takeover of TelelinQ NV by Telenet Group BVBA will first be submitted to the Belgian Competition Authority for approval, before it can be executed.

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