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Virginia-based GTT said Monday that it will buy Interoute for approximately $2.3 billion. Interoute is a U.K.-based company known for its fiber network and cloud-networking solutions, with 400 points of presence and interconnection with 129 cities. GTT executives say the purchase will continue the company’s international expansion and add 1,000 mostly European enterprise and carrier customers.
It’s the first acquisition outside of the U.S. for GTT since it announced plans to buy Hibernia Networks in 2016.
CEO Rick Calder says the agreement is a big step for his company as it attempts to spread across the world.
“This combination creates a disruptive market leader with substantial scale, unique network assets and award-winning product capabilities to fulfill our clients’ growing demand for distributed cloud networking in Europe, the U.S. and across the globe,” Calder said. “Following our successful, proven acquisition model, we expect to complete this integration within three to four quarters post-close and achieve a post-synergy multiple of seven to eight times adjusted EBITDA or better on a pro-forma basis.”
GTT chief marketing officer Gina Nomellini tells Channel Partners that Interoute brings increased scale and coverage. One of the key benefits is that GTT’s network will gain “density and capillarity and reach,” but the company will also be better equipped to serve customers on the ground level.
“We have very significant presence within the market, and we’re capitalizing on a very well-established, world-class sales, customer service and operations team,” Nomellini said.
Interoute has 15 data centers and 51 colocation facilities that GTT will access to increase its cloud connectivity, and the buyer claims that Interoute’s SD-WAN chops are one of the deal’s biggest advantages.
Nomellini says the two companies take the same approach, focusing on “breadth and depth of access technologies.” GTT makes a point of letting customers know that they can connect SD-WAN to DSL, Ethernet, cable, wireless, 4G, fiber and other types of access.
Interoute postures itself the same way, Nomellini said, except that it already has the coverage in place for Europe.
“It’s fortunate for us that Interroute really follows the same strategy. Their strategy is to offer a diversity of access types and be able to bring traffic onto the Interoute network as quickly and efficiently as possible,” she said. “And then the organization offers the ability to transport the client traffic from one site to another or all in the cloud via seamless interconnect.”
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