Deal Listings

Imagine acquires Irish Broadband

May 08 issue
 

Irish telecoms group Imagine Communications has acquired internet service provider Irish Broadband for 47 million (£37 million) in a debt-free deal. The merged business will have revenues of over 100 million.

Imagine is backed by European venture capital firm DFJ Esprit, which has invested 15 million in the company since 2006.

Chairman Sean Bolger says: ‘Strategically, we have acquired substantial network assets on a nation-wide basis, which enhances our current service offerings and facilitates the cost-effective deployment of WiMAX [wireless data] technology.’

The vendors, Irish infrastructure developer NTR and paving supplier Kilsaran Concrete, retain a stake of 25 per cent in the enlarged group. They will also make a further investment of 7 million in the company.

Imagine Communications operates under a number of brands including Access Telecom, Gaelic Telecom and Imagine Mobile. Following the acquisition of Irish Broadband it claims a ten per cent share of the domestic broadband market with 80,000 customers.

Ireland ranks below countries such as the Czech Republic and Portugal in terms
of broadband penetration, with only 9.2 subscribers per 100 inhabitants compared to 19.4 in the UK, according to 2006 data from global research organisation OECD.