GTT bigs up in Europe with €50 million KPN International buy

Created July 10, 2019

Global cloud networking provider GTT Communications has announced a definitive purchase agreement to acquire KPN International, a division of KPN N.V. headquartered in the Netherlands. The deal is worth approximately €50 million in cash, on a cash and debt-free basis. GTT operates a Tier 1 IP network and extensive fibre footprint. KPN International operates a global IP network serving enterprise and carrier clients, with one of its service offerings being a wavelength product that allows wholesale and corporate clients to plug right into its optical fibre high-performance backbone.  .

According to GTT the strategic combination will:

  • Augment scale and network reach, adding depth to GTT’s Tier 1 global IP network in Europe across 21 countries, including long-haul fibre routes and metro rings in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris
  • Add more than 400 strategic enterprise and carrier clients. GTT will be the preferred international network supplier for an additional 400 clients retained by KPN
  • Contribute a global sales, operations, service delivery and client service organisation, with a proven track record of delivering outstanding client experience
  • Complement GTT’s comprehensive portfolio of cloud networking services with similar best-in-class transport and infrastructure, Internet, and wide area networking services.

“The acquisition of KPN International deepens our market presence in the European region,” said Rick Calder (pictured), GTT President and CEO. “The world-class resources contributed from this acquisition, including a highly experienced team, international network assets and a deep roster of multinational clients, will help us deliver on our purpose of connecting people across organisations around the world and to every application in the cloud.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter 2019 subject to obtaining the required regulatory approvals.

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John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.