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Telstra wraps up Pacnet acquisition


The Telstra/Pacnet acquisition story which broke towards the end of last year has now come to fruition, with the Australian telco today announcing the completed acquisition of the Cloud, managed services and data centre provider. As reported by in December, the valuation of the deal came in at $697 million.

When initially announced, the deal came with the stipulation of agreement from regulatory bodies, as well as Pacnet financier approval. According to Telstra, all necessary approvals and agreements have now been confirmed, and the firm can now begin the full acquisition of Pacnet.

All that remains, it claims, is full regulatory approval in the United States, which it reckons is expected in due course and will not impact operations or the agreed purchase price.

Speaking of the acquisition, Telstra’s Global Enterprise and Services CEO, Brendon Riley, said the integration of Pacnet will see its brand gradually retired, but that the Chinese market remains a big focus for the joint-venture.

“The addition of Pacnet’s staff, intrastructure, technology and expertise will position Telstra as a leading provider of services to multinational and large companies in Asia,” he said. “The completed acquisition will double Telstra’s customers in Asia, and greatly increase our network reach and data centre capabilities across the region. This includes the addition of the largest privately owned intra-Asia cable network, 29 data centres and the ability to further grow our China operations through existing joint venture.”

Riley concluded with a nod towards the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), an elastic and on-demand network based on SDN architecture, pioneered by Pacnet. PEN was one of the first live SDN-based networks launched globally.

“The acquisition provides us greater specialisation and scale, including the delivery of enhanced services, such as software-defined networking and opens up significant incremental opportunities for our business,” he said.


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Big challenges for Big Data #BigDataEurope

Telcoms and In.The majority of industry respondents believe it is more important for operators to harness the power of Big Data to drive new revenues streams externally than to drive efficiencies internally. By 2016, almost every operator to which Big Data is relevant should have embarked upon their strategy with a view to bringing greater advantages in customer retention, segmentation and targeting as well as network planning and optimisation.

Big challenges for Big Data

In last year’s industry survey over 80 per cent of respondents said they expected operators to own their own cloud infrastructure by 2015, with over 90 per cent expecting operators to be selling cloud services within the same time frame. Over the past year there has been a great deal of activity in this area—and not a little hype—indicating that these expectations were on the money. This year we chose to make our cloud focus more granular and cast a searching eye over Big Data initiatives in the telecoms sector.

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Cloud expectations sky-high for operators

Cloud imageCloud expectations sky-high for operators

Guest Blog from: February 1, 2013 Written by James Middleton

Our analysis of the fixed line landscape identified cloud as one of the key revenue generators for operators over the next 24 months Cloud services will be one of the key revenue generators for operators over the next 24 months, according to data from the Intelligence Industry Survey 2013, with over 80 per cent of respondents expecting operators to own their own cloud infrastructure within the next two years. Over 90 per cent expect operators to be selling cloud services within the same time frame.

Although only about 12 per cent of respondents think more than 50 per cent of operators worldwide will own their own cloud infrastructure by 2015, the majority think between 11 and 30 per cent will have some kind of cloud platform in place. (more…)

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