BringCom seals Datanet acquisition

04 September 2018 | James Pearce

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BringCom has completed a deal to buy privately-owned East African network service provider Datanet for an undisclosed fee.

The deal, first announced in May, was completed after BringCom received final approval from the Ugandan regulator Uganda Communications Commission.

Datanet is a network service provider operating in Uganda and Kenya and offering corporate network connectivity as well as secure and reliable wholesale access services. It was the first company in the region to enrol in the MEF Services Interconnect program.

Datanet also launched EP-LAN service over its carrier Ethernet network between Uganda and Kenya powering multi-branch interconnectivity/operations and LAN extensions.

“Datanet’s acquisition reflects BringCom’s strategy to expand its pan-African Carrier Ethernet network and global connectivity services,” said Fabrice Langreney, president and CEO of BringCom. “Our team is excited to formally welcome our new colleagues to the BringCom family.”

The deal means that US-incorporated BringCom can test its next-generation SDN/NFV platform in Uganda ahead of a planned global deployment that will help support its international operators looking for connectivity in Africa.

BringCom has built Pan-African Ethernet and MPLS networks with its own regional hubs (PoPs) in Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Djibouti, Nairobi, Kampala and Lagos.

Earlier this year, BringCom achieved E-Access and E-Line MEF CE 2.0 certification in London and East Africa. MEF CE 2.0 E-Access and E-Line are two standardised carrier-class Ethernet types of services, as defined by MEF, the governing body for Carrier Ethernet (CE).

“BringCom’s investment in the region allows us to increase our ability to competitively service the stringent requirements of customers with challenging telecommunications applications,” added Langreney.