Telecoms carrier RSL Com has acquired internet service provider Voyager to boost its portfolio of voice, data and internet services for small and medium businesses in the UK.
Voyager is an ISP that offers internet, ecommerce, video and managed network services. Its customers include the Bank of England, Walkers Snacks and Eidos Interactive. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition of Voyager follows the purchase last month of Rednet, a business-to-business ISP which provides networking and internet solutions to the SME market. RSL Com said the purchases are part of its pan-European strategy to become a major player in integrated communications services.
"Voyager's expertise in data networking and business internet access fit perfectly into the RSL Com product portfolio. As a result of this acquisition, data will account for about 25 per cent of our fixed line revenue. Few other companies in the UK can boast our expertise in integrated voice, data and internet provision," said Barry Mowbray, managing director of RSL Com in the UK.
RSL Com said it would focus its business on its corporate customers' needs and would not become a "carrier's carrier" - a business that sells network capacity to other operators.
The company has no plans to launch unmetered internet access.
"Companies never give something for nothing. We want to provide customers with what they want and are in the position to offer attractive packages to our customers which are upfront and free of guises," said Gary Sheppard, group business director at RSL Com.
Last year RSL Com announced an investment of £16.2m for installation of a UK fibre optic network which will have the capacity to carry more than 30,000 simultaneous voice, data or internet calls.
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