EC lets Dimension Data acquisition bid slip

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EC lets Dimension Data acquisition bid slip

Alex Scroxton

Managed services player Dimension Data has tabled an undisclosed sum for the entire equity capital of NextiraOne’s IT services business in a number of European countries.

The existence of the deal, currently under scrutiny in Brussels, was revealed by the European Commission in a small announcement late last week.

According to the EC’s brief statement, Dimension Data – which is itself owned by Japanese firm NTT – plans to pick up NextiraOne’s business in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the UK.

Spawned in 2002 following the acquisition of Alcatel’s multi-vendor enterprise service and distribution business, 4,500-strong NextiraOne specialises in communications and networking services, and is a partner of Alcatel-Lucent, Genesys and Microsoft.

It also holds Cisco Gold Partner status, a designation it shares with its intended. It made sales of approximately €1bn in 2009.

Dimension Data, meanwhile, bills itself as a “global leader in the provision and management of specialist IT infrastructure solutions and services”.

It has 15,000 feet on the ground in over 50 countries, managing 6,000 clients. The networking specialist – which was acquired by NTT in 2010 – offers a full suite of IT lifecycle services, including consulting, professional, support, managed, procurement and supply chain and IT outsourcing.

It has not been shy of acquiring to bulk up its business since its own acquisition, splashing out on expense management solutions provider Xigo, enterprise cloud outfit OpSource, and UK video reseller mvision, among others.

At the time of writing, in spite of the EC’s statement, neither party in the expected acquisition had broken cover.


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