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Renucci takes the helm of restructured KCOM business

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In the final stage of a lengthy restructuring process, KCOM Group has merged its managed comms services business, Affiniti, with its connectivity and hosting unit, Kingston Communications, with Affiniti boss Paul Renucci in overall control.

The new business, to be known as Kcom, will provide a wider range of "leading edge communication services with a commitment to delivering a different class of service to its customers," the company claimed.

Speaking to MicroScope, Paul Renucci said: "We've got the group structure finalised now; there are clearly defined entities that customers can see."

The group has undergone a major evolution over the past 18 months, dumping product sales and outsourcing its network to BT; a move the new unit will be able to take advantage of, delivering improved services through BT's next generation network (NGN), as well as greater breadth and depth of service choice.

Renucci said the decision to outsource KCOM's network was already paying off.

"We now have the benefit of not having to outlay the CAPEX costs associated with upgrading the network," he said. "We're now competitive nationally, whereas before we were strongest in Yorkshire, the East Midlands, and parts of the Westcountry and Thames Valley."

Renucci noted that the added geographic capacity was already enabling Kcom to win national deals, and shrugged off recent criticism of BT's NGN upgrade, saying he had "absolutely no concerns" about the company's ability to handle the process.

"There are only a couple of players with the capacity and appetite to invest in the infrastructure; just look at their plans and scale and the amount earmarked for investment," he added.


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