In today's regional roundup: Can GTT get the best out of Interoute?; Orange Spain claims optical backbone milestone; KPN to close its OTT TV service; and other end-of-week stuff.
GTT Communications Inc. has completed its US$2.3 billion acquisition of European network operator Interoute Communications Ltd. , little more than three months after it announced the deal. "The acquisition of Interoute represents a major milestone in delivering on our purpose of connecting people across organizations, around the world and to every application in the cloud," said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO in an official statement announcing the closure. "Our enhanced scale, expanded network footprint and award-winning product capabilities reinforce our position as a global leader in cloud networking. We look forward to bringing the benefits of this acquisition to our valued clients across the world." Indeed. But here's the rub. GTT has acquired a progressive, in many ways cutting edge network operator in Interoute but that doesn't guarantee anything. As with any acquisition, the people are as, if not more, important that the physical assets. The key for GTT will be retaining, encouraging and building upon the experience and know-how of the Interoute team. If that doesn't happen then it could turn into a very expensive turkey. (See GTT Completes Interoute Acquisition, GTT Brings In New Investors for Interoute Deal and GTT Snaps Up Interoute for $2.3B.)
The European Commission (EC) has re-approved the 2014 merger in the Netherlands between Liberty Global's UPC and Ziggo, but with conditions. The merger had been annulled by the European General Court in 2017, forcing the EC to reassess the deal. To find out more, see this EC announcement. (See Liberty Global to Buy Ziggo for 10B.)
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial and often most challenging is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company Tribold from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.