NZ's Spark to buy CCL to boost cloud service capabilities

08 Dec 2015

Spark New Zealand, formerly known as Telecom New Zealand, is boosting its cloud capabilities with the acquisition of South Island based IT infrastructure and professional services company Computer Concepts Limited (CCL).

In a statement released Monday, Spark NZ said it has signed a conditional agreement to buy the privately-owned CCL for NZ$50 million ($33.2 million).

The acquisition will add cloud and platform IT services and extend Spark’s business in the South Island. The deal will also take the Spark New Zealand group’s employee numbers in the South Island to 1200 people, Spark said in the statement.

“Our strategy is to better enable our customers to succeed in a digital world, and cloud is an integral part of that,” Spark Digital CEO Tim Miles said.

“CCL is complementary to Spark Digital. Its acquisition also reinforces Spark Digital’s commitment to business in the South Island, following significant investment in a new data center in Christchurch (Perimeter Road), and a recent expansion of Spark’s Dunedin data center.”

Spark has been pushing aggressively to tap fast growing Kiwi cloud computing market in recent years, and has purchased IT service firms Revera and Appserv to do so.

Upon the completion of the acquisition, the CCL brand will be retained and CCL will continue to run as a standalone business, in the same way that Revera does.

Miles said the Revera integration into Spark “has proven to be a very successful model for Revera staff and customers.”

“Ultimately, this is a good move for Spark Digital and for CCL, and more importantly, for the clients of both companies,” Miles noted.

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