Strategic buy for telecom company
TELECOM solutions provider Aerelink has acquired Peterborough wireless and networking company Rapier Systems to build on its expanding service proposition. The £500,000 total investment allows Aerelink to extend its IP network delivery portfolio and become an end-to-end network service provider.
With a new HQ in Cheshire opened in December 2009, and an office in Scotland, the Peterborough purchase is seen as a strategic one which will serve the southern part of the country.
“One hundred per cent of the jobs in Peterborough have been secured, and we envisage further inward investment,” said Steve Swift managing director of Aerelink.
“We are an innovative company, and innovation means jobs.”
The skills Rapier Systems brings will advance the network development arm of the business.
Through Rapier Systems, Aerelink will also become an Alcatel-Lucent direct business partner and gain access to its endto-end enterprise product portfolio, which encompasses IP network infrastructure, telephony, contact centre and unified communication and collaboration solutions.
“Both Aerelink and Rapier Systems maximise each other’s strengths and the acquisition will help us to provide a fuller, more comprehensive service, much faster than if we had developed this arm of the business in-house.
“The move is a significant step in the company’s plans for growth, fulfilling our strategic need in this area,” said Mr Swift.
“With existing premises in the North-West and Scotland, the acquisition and Rapier System’s presence in the south will allow us to better serve customers across the whole of the UK,” he added.
Co-owner of Rapier Systems Richard Mumford said: “There is such great synergy between Rapier Systems and Aerelink and we see the acquisition as a really comfortable fit. Aerelink’s leadership will allow us to reach our full potential, while our capabilities will help to strengthen the overall service proposition of Aerelink.”
MAxIMISINg STRENgTHS: Steve Swift, of Aerelink.