Uganda’s network service provider Datanet have been acquired by connectivity facilitator BringCom in an undisclosed deal. With this acquisition, BringCom will be amplifying their presence in the evolving African telecom market, providing secure and reliable wholesale access services to large enterprise and corporate customers.
According to BringCom, telecommunication services in East Africa are gaining momentum as a result of growing dependencies on data center and mobile services. They say that this dependency led to the introduction of Ethernet networks in between Kenya and Uganda to support these services.
By acquiring network service provider Datanet, BringCom claim that they will not only be increasing their network footprint across the Middle East and North Africa but will also be adding a host of products to their connectivity portfolio. This includes the ENNI (External Network to Network Interface) interconnections, EP-LAN service (Ethernet Private LAN) and MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) certified access circuits to boost network connectivity.
Speaking about the acquisition, Fabrice Langreney, President and CEO of BringCom, commented:
Datanet’s acquisition reflects BringCom’s strategy to expand its pan-African Carrier Ethernet network and global connectivity services. Our team is excited to formally welcome our new colleagues to the BringCom family.
Datanet say that they will allow BringCom to test its next-generation SDN/NFV (Software-Defined/Network Function Virtualization) platform in Uganda before the planned global rollout. They also say that this platform will improve BringCom’s ability to support international carriers’ connectivity within Africa and competitively service the requirements of enterprises in the region.
We believe that this move will surely stir the competition for carrier networks in the African market, just like the one in Australia, after TPG and Vodafone decided to merge together in a USD 15 billion deal. Let us hope that both events allow enterprises of all sizes to leverage network services provided by these companies.