Irish firm buys Italian satellite player


20 Jun 2005

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Digiweb has acquired Tiscali’s satellite broadband business in Italy for an undisclosed sum. The company said it is currently evaluating further similar acquisitions in Europe and Ireland in the broadband sector, particularly in satellite and wireless technologies.

The regional broadband player will take over all aspects of support and the ongoing provision of services to Italian customers with immediate effect.

The two-way satellite broadband technology enables Digiweb to provide high-speed broadband access throughout all of Europe, including many areas that the national operators do not service, without any reliance on the fixed-line telephony infrastructure.

In addition to Italy, Digiweb is already servicing business customers throughout Germany, France, the UK and Austria.

Digiweb operations manager Declan Campbell said the company is currently evaluating further similar acquisitions in Europe and Ireland in the broadband sector, including wireless/satellite operators and software firms that provide services that could be a good strategic fit to Digiweb’s aggressive growth plans.

“This is the first of our aggressive expansions throughout Europe and indeed globally,” said Campbell.

Digiweb said it has the expertise and skills to support its European operations from its headquarters in Dundalk and the company envisages further job creation to support its rapidly expanding European customer base. With sales and marketing offices in Italy and France, the company also operates dedicated websites for each country to support business growth in the region.

By John Kennedy