Swyx Group has announced it is merging with the Within Reach Group (WRG), parent company of Voiceworks and creates a European powerhouse for communication services. At the same time, the new Group is acquiring the French Centile Telecom Applications, a provider of fixed-mobile convergence platforms for service providers and mobile network operators.
The European buy & build strategy is implemented by the Swyx, Voiceworks and Centile brands in the core markets of Germany, the Netherlands and France and opens up further growth for the partners with UC expertise in 23 international markets and locations in 7 European countries.
Dr. Ralf Ebbinghaus, Managing Director of Swyx Solutions, emphasizes the market opportunities and significant growth potential of the new group: “With the competences and products of the three champions we not only support our existing partners even better, but also offer potential partners new growth and sales opportunities.”
“We are expanding the portfolio in three ways. On the one hand, we offer award winning tailor-made solutions for the SME market on-premises and in private cloud and are now supplementing these with complete integration in the mobile communications sector. With the expertise of Voiceworks we will address the growing market of integrated UC solutions in the public cloud for the smaller customer segments. In addition, Centile is already very successfully established in the European carrier market with highly scalable cloud telephony solutions. We are thus strengthening our international presence – on both the market and product sides,” says Ebbinghaus.”
Headquartered in Almere, the Netherlands, with offices in Spain, Germany, Romania and Serbia, Voiceworks integrates fixed, mobile and web communications in a cloud product for small and medium-sized businesses and sells them through over 250 Wholesale partners.
Christoph Wichmann, Managing Director of Voiceworks Germany, sees promising synergies in the merger: “All parties have been extraordinary successful in their segment and will continue to do so, but with our joint offering we cover a much broader range of the market, from on-premises to public cloud with Swyx as a strong brand, but also in a Whitelabel model, depending on the partners’ needs.”
As part of the new group, Centile will contribute a multi-tenant UC and FMC platform with some of the largest European cloud implementations. “The addition of Centile to the new holding will be an important step in the further expansion of the UCaaS portfolio,” says Bertrand Pourcelot, Directeur Général Centile.
Dr. Carsten Rahlfs, Managing Partner of Waterland Private Equity who supports the newly created group commented, “Our strategic involvement in the European UC market is making rapid progress – only six months after our investment in Swyx we already see the outline of a European UC group with almost 500 employees and a revenue of 130 million euro.”
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