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Australia's Telstra buys Pacnet for US$697m

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:47
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Telstra Corporation Ltd on Tuesday said it would buy undersea cable operator Pacnet Ltd for US$697 million in a deal that would help Australia's largest telecom services provider to expand in Asia.

[SYDNEY] Cashed-up Australian telecom giant Telstra said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Pacnet, Asia’s biggest private owner of submarine communication cables, for US$697 million in one of its largest acquisition to date.

Headquartered in Singapore and Hong Kong, the company also offers data-centre services to carriers, governments and multinationals across the Asia-Pacific region.

The acquisition, which includes Pacnet’s interests in its China joint-venture PBS, is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

Telstra chief executive David Thodey said the move was part of his company’s strategy to grow its business beyond Australia.

“Asia is an important part of our growth strategy. We believe this acquisition will help us become a leading provider of enterprise services to multinational companies and carriers in the region,” he said.

Pacnet gives Telstra ownership of an extensive range of services including software defined networking, an expanded data centre network, more submarine cables and major customers across the region.

“The enterprise services market is evolving rapidly and Pacnet will strengthen our networks, data centres and submarine network as well as boosting our service offerings and people capabilities,” said Thodey.

“For Australian businesses, businesses across Asia and importantly companies looking to expand and grow in Asia, the combined entity will provide powerful new options for networks and services.” Telstra has signalled for some time its intention to make technology acquisitions in Asia and has previously formed partnerships, but this is its largest deal to date.

As well as operating a network of 29 interconnected data centres in 17 cities across Asia, Pacnet has the region’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network.

It also controls two of the five fibre pairs on the Unity trans-Pacific submarine cable network connecting Japan to the United States.

AFP