Auckland, New Zealand, 20 June , 2012 – Australian telecommunication provider Vocus today confirmed yesterday’s successful completion of New Zealand data centre and cloud services company Maxnet.
Vocus CEO James Spenceley says “after initially focusing on the integration of the two companies, we expect to make significant investment into the business.”
“We are looking forward to growing Maxnet while at the same time offering a better service and experience for all of our customers,” says Mr Spenceley. “We’ve been supplying commercial wholesale Internet to Australia and New Zealand for the past five years, and this investment marks the beginning of Vocus becoming more directly involved in the New Zealand market.”
Maxnet is Vocus’ fourth acquisition in 18 months.
“Today Maxnet celebrates a significant milestone in their history. It has been a thrill to be part of a fast-growing company that has helped bring bigger, better and more competitive services to New Zealand businesses,” says outgoing Maxnet CEO John Hanna. “Maxnet has always challenged the status quo and I look forward to seeing it forge ahead, offering new cutting-edge data centre, cloud and internet services with the additional support and fire-power from Vocus.”
“Having been an integral part of the sale process and staying on to confirm completion of the transaction, outgoing CEO John Hanna finished with the company yesterday.” said Vocus CEO, James Spenceley, thanking him for his dedication to the sale process and hard work getting the company to where it is today.
Vocus provides connectivity to more than 160 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies in Australia and New Zealand, making it one of the largest internet suppliers in the region.
Vocus was named the 2011 Australian Telecommunications Carrier of the Year” was twice consecutively listed as one of top five growing businesses in the Deloitte Australia “Technology Fast 50” awards (2010/2011).
The Maxnet acquisition was formalised today during a small ceremony involving both Maxnet and Vocus staff.
Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC), has revealed the next step in its Dark Fibre strategy by laying the first dark fibre links directly across the Sydney Harbour floor.
In an unprecedented move, Vocus has laid two pipes: the first from Dawes Point to Blues Point and the second, from Dawes Point to Milsons Point.
The dark fibre cables provide the shortest possible path from Sydney’s CBD to the new Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) co-location data centre in Gore Hill.
“This provides the fastest, most reliable data service from the city to the ASX facility. Improved performance and reduced latency will deliver a far superior service between the two locations,” explained James Spenceley, Vocus CEO.
But the solution didn’t come easy. The strict guidelines of Sydney Harbour meant the project took over seven months of intense planning.
“It was hard work,” admits Spenceley.
“But the Vocus philosophy has always been to take a fresh look at the scenario and do things the best way, not the easiest way,” he added.
Although other providers offer links between the two locations, Spenceley believes the more obvious bridge/tunnel solution leaves communications services vulnerable.
The harbour floor dark fibre pipes are further strategic step in Vocus’ plans to become a leading infrastructure provider to the telco, cloud computing and retail ISP markets.
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