New owner of former BT Latin America takes Sencinet name

New owner of former BT Latin America takes Sencinet name

06 October 2020 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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BT has completed sale of the Latin American part of what used to be BT Global Services.

The deal, announced in March but only just completed, sees domestic operations and infrastructure in Latin America going to CIH Technology Holdings.

The business will operate under the name Sencinet. Bas Burger (pictured), who is CEO of Global, BT, said: “Latin America is a strategic market for BT and we are pleased to begin a new chapter in the region with Sencinet as a strategic partner.”

This is the latest in a series of disposals by BT of its international operations. In July it sold its French business to Computacenter, a UK-based company.

“We are delighted to conclude this successful transaction, which represents the next step in our strategy to become a more agile and focused business,” said Burger of the Latin American sale. “This initiative will help us to keep the business moving forward and continue to connect communities, businesses, and governments.”

BT said that it “will maintain a strong presence in the region, delivering next-generation networking, cloud, and security services to multinational customers across 21 countries”.

It added that “BT and CIH have established a dynamic new channel relationship that allows domestic customers based in Latin America to access BT products, services and solutions globally, and provides global customers with access domestic services in Latin America in a seamless, secure, and reliable way”.

According to information issued in March, the deal includes two fibre networks with total length of 650km, as well as 2,000km of leased fibre lines, four data centres and five teleports. The divested operations are based in in São Paulo, Brazil.

According to Sencinet’s new website the company has a fully-managed network service that provides high-capacity connectivity across the entire Latin American region and the US.

There is a core network across 15 countries with 112 network nodes and more than 160 access providers managed throughout Latin America and the US.

The company operates a “fully-integrated satellite network [that] provides remote end-to-end connectivity solutions [with] 100% coverage in Latin America”.

Sencinet has four data centres with 3,315 sq metres of space providing 2.8MW of capacity.