UUnet, the Internet service provider arm f telecomms company Worldcom, has acquired the Netherlands' largest ISP, NLnet. The buy heralds further acquisitions across Europe over the next two years.
NLnet, a privately held company, has around two-thirds of the Netherlands' Internet access market and is estimated to be worth up to #30 million.
"The acquisition works hand in glove with Worldcom's current international network expansion, including a trans-Atlantic cable system, a pan-European broadband network, and new city networks in Brussels and Amsterdam," said Bernard Ebbers, chairman and chief executive of Worldcom.
UUnet has significant European ISP subsidiaries in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg and now the Netherlands. Further acquisitions are likely in Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Denmark and a number of other countries.
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