of IT channel companies have
recognised the need to move towards a
customer-centric model, according to
new research by Agilitas IT Solutions.
refocus on its core business.
Initially reported by the Wall
Street Journal, apparently Apollo
has already made one offer
which was considered too low to
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in talks over
INGRAM MICRO’S PARENT
company HNA announced
recently it is in talks over a
potential sale of Ingram Micro to
Apollo Asset Management. The
deal comes with a $7.5bn price
tag, including $1.5bn of debt.
HNA purchased the distributor in
2016 for $6bn but due to a recent
crackdown by the Chinese
government on aggressive deal
making fi rms.
HNA released a statement
on Christmas Eve as to why
they were dumping the asset, it
read, “due to changes in market
conditions and the company’s
JULIAN NIMAN AWARD
Tom Maxwell has become the inaugural
winner of a special award in memory of
the company’s founder Julian Niman.
Tom is the fi rst recipient of the Award
for his ‘outstanding contribution’ over
his 30-year career.
Arqiva and CityFibre have revealed
details of the UK’s largest pilot
of wholesale, 5G-ready small cell
infrastructure. The multi million-pound
project in Hammersmith & Fulham
is creating a brand-new 15km high
density fi bre network.
strategy, the company is in
talks with a concerned party
on selling Ingram Micro.” HNA
is reportedly looking to unwind
a $50bn worth of debt in
international acquisitions and
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NTT acquires majority
stake in Transatel
CORPORATION has entered into
exclusive negotiations with
Transatel to acquire a majority
stake in in the company.
This transaction will allow NTT
Com to drastically extend its
Global IoT solution offering. The
combined synergies between
Transatel’s Worldwide data
MVNO solutions and NTT Com’s
Global Network infrastructure,
data center, cloud and IoT
platform will bring to this alliance
the ability to provide a unique
value proposition to the market.
Transatel, established in
2000, has since 2012 been a
pioneer in deploying its own
worldwide data MVNO network
compliant with Embedded SIM
(eSIM*2) technology to address
three key market segments:
Automotive and Industrial IoT
SPITFIRE HAS LAUNCHED its new hosted telephony service which has
been developed in-house. The proprietary system is being offered
at only £6 per user license a month, including free service setup on
one-year contracts. The minimum contract period is three months and
customers can opt to manage their own setup.
Unusually Spitfi re is not charging additional fees for multiple
endpoints on the same user extension. This allows a user to have
a desk-phone, PC softphone and mobile client app for example, at
no extra charge. Call twinning will ring a desk-phone and mobile
simultaneously if required.
The service is delivered over Spitfi re’s own Voice Approved
Broadband circuits with guaranteed call quality and SLAs.
Commenting on the launch of Spitfi re Hosted PBX 2.1, Dominic Norton
(pictured), Sales Director stated, “Our Spitfi re 2.1 PBX hosted telephony
service has been designed by Spitfi re cutting out third-party costs. This
has allowed us to deliver a highly featured service at very competitive
rates, with zero upfront costs. In addition we are already planning a
series of upgrades to the service which customers will benefi t from
when available at no additional cost and with no disruption to service.”