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Vocus and Amcom create largest trans-Tasman network infrastructure provider

Admin on Jul 20 2015

Vocus Communications has just completed its largest acquisition to date, with the NZD$780million purchase of amcom, a major provider of telco and IT services headquartered in Perth, Western Australia.

This latest addition to the Vocus Group cements Vocus’ position as the number one infrastructure owner in the competitive trans-Tasman telecommunications space.

Along with extensive network assets that perfectly complement Vocus’ own fibre infrastructure, amcom brings a raft of new products and capabilities that build on Vocus’ existing managed services, cloud and security solutions.

With this move, Vocus now boasts a market capitalisation of NZD$1.5billion.

For New Zealand organisations, this acquisition is a significant development in supplier choice for trans-Tasman network and managed services.

Vocus Communications New Zealand CEO, Maxine Elliott, explains: “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.

The network that takes you all the way

“For example, if you need to connect to offices in any Australian city, you can now jump on the Vocus’ network in New Zealand and remain on it right through to your destination.

“Ultimately, this provides a more direct, better managed and controlled service compared with using multiple carriers,” Elliott says.

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 the ANZ region.

Following last year’s purchase of New Zealand fibre provider FX Networks, this latest acquisition is one of the most significant chapters in the Vocus’ story.

Elliott adds: “Our industry continues to experience incredible growth, with insatiable demand for data. 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.”

She adds: “If you hadn’t heard of Vocus before, you will now.”

Vocus Communications looks after 3,000 clients, employs 600 staff throughout Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Australia, and has more than 20 offices.

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For more information contact Maxine Elliott, CEO, Vocus Communications, 09 915 1825.

Issued by: Susan Bowden, Vocus Communications, susan.bowden@vocus.co.nz