PacketExchange Acquires XchangePoint

Deal expands PacketExchange's sales presence in Germany and the Netherlands and gives it 170 extra customers

January 18, 2005

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PacketExchange, the Internet peering innovator, today announced the acquisition of XchangePoint, the pan-European metro area interconnectivity company, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which follows Bank of Scotland Equity's (HBOS) $3 million investment in PacketExchange in November 2004, forms part of the company's stated aim of accelerating its growth by expansion into continental Europe.

As a result of the deal, PacketExchange expands its direct sales presence in Germany and the Netherlands, and acquires access to XchangePoint's 170-strong customer base. The company's product offering is strengthened with the addition of XchangePoint's metropolitan area services to PacketExchange's international services. It offers customers Ethernet alternatives to traditional Internet services and greatly improved Internet performance. PacketExchange can now offer 25% of all available routes on the global Internet via its own network.

"To maintain our record of 100% year on year growth, our strategy is to combine organic growth with targeted acquisitions," said Kieron O'Brien, chief executive of PacketExchange. "By combining the XchangePoint and PacketExchange product ranges, adding their metropolitan area connectivity services to our wide area portfolio, we can deliver greater depth in terms of both service and geography to customers' peering needs. In addition, it expands our presence into new European cities. This transaction is incremental to our own new product development and international expansion."

The deal is underpinned by new investment in PacketExchange from existing XchangePoint investors. This forms part of the continued drive for new investment in PacketExchange. "The proven growth potential of PacketExchange, the major factor behind the HBOS investment, will enable us to continue to generate further new investment to achieve our stated goals," continued O'Brien.


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