Matthew Neville

Cheshire based global tech company makes tenth acquisition in UK & Ireland expansion

Cheshire based global business services and technology company Radius confirmed it has acquired a majority stake in Dublin based business telecoms provider Telcom.

The investment in Telcom marks Radius’ tenth telecoms acquisition in recent years and its first major purchase in the Republic of Ireland which will open new expansion opportunities for both companies.

Telcom was founded in 1999 and owns its own secure high-speed ISP core network, serving many of Ireland’s leading companies and brands, including Fyffes, Savills, and Maxol.

Last month, Radius opened a new Belfast base, accommodating teams from its telco division Radius Connect, fuel cards and telematics which will service customers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Radius owns Irish fuel payment card market leader DCI which this year marked its 25th year in business.

The new Belfast city centre office, which has more than 130 staff, will also act as a financial hub for Radius Connect in Europe.

Radius’ founder and CEO Bill Holmes said: “Our successful growth strategy is about making the right connections and I’m delighted as part of our tenth strategic growth acquisition to be working with Telcom as we accelerate our growth plans together, creating new opportunities for expansion and driving new solutions for businesses across the UK and Ireland.

“As old legacy telecommunications become depleted and the ISDN switch-off looms, the future lies in the migration of all voice and data telecommunications on high-speed ISP networks and together we are perfectly poised to take further advantage of this significant transition, helping businesses navigate the challenge by adding value and building capacity for future growth.”

Welcoming the announcement, Telcom founder and Chief Technology Officer Liam Tully added: “Telcom are thrilled to partner with Radius at an exciting time of growth of the company.

“Radius’s vision is very much aligned with that of Telcom, and especially with the acceleration of digital transformation where businesses of all sizes will rely more and more on high speed, cost-effective and enterprise class fibre services.”

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