PlanNet21 and Agile Networks merge to create €50m IT powerhouse

13 Mar 2017

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A managed services merger will aim to create jobs for 110 people.

Two of Ireland’s biggest IT managed services companies, PlanNet21 and Agile Networks, are to merge to become a €50m-turnover-a-year player.

The combined business will be able to provide organisations with an end-to-end portfolio of solutions including security, networks, wireless, unified communications, hyper-convergence, and server and storage services.

The organisation will employ 110 staff members, with more than 60pc of the roles in technical engineering.

One company, two brands

While the two companies will retain both the PlanNet21 and Agile brands, and continue to support and grow their customer base, they will join forces to pursue significant business opportunities.

“We retain our identity and will continue to work with our existing customers, but it also allows us to collaborate and pursue major IT opportunities at home and abroad,” said Darragh Richardson, managing director of Agile Networks.

PlanNet21 Communications is a specialised Cisco Gold Partner with critical infrastructure customers in Fortune 100 companies. The company operates from Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast, London and San Francisco.

Agile Networks supports more than 2.3m end users across 4,900 sites for 100 major customers, including 16 of the top 25 ISPs in Ireland.

“The alliance brings together some of the best architectural and technical talent in the country and couples it with accreditations from all the leading technology vendors worldwide, thus allowing us to deliver solutions for any business requirement,” said Peter Carroll, CEO of PlanNet21 Communications.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years