O2 has acquired the managed services business that 2e2 provided as part of its O2 Unify joint venture in a move that will secure one part of the collapsed reseller's operation and save 107 jobs.
With most of the rest of 2e2 now closed the managed services and datacentre businesses were still up for grabs with O2 emerging to get the first of those business units.
O2 views the acquisition of part of the managed services business as a chance for it to bolster its own credentials in that market.
The 107 staff will transfer to O2 and the telco will back up all of the customer services that 2e2 was previously offering with its own network operations and service management centres.
O2’s Business Director, Ben Dowd, said that it would now be able to offer a unified approach to IT, including security and data networks.
2e2 has bitten the dust after administrators failed to find a buyer for the business despite some high profile channel names being linked with a possible purchase.
Last week with Daisy and Computacenter tipped to be among those in talks to salvage 2e2 it looked like a sale might be possible.
But with the reseller owing millions to creditors, £154.4m according to the last filed accounts for the end of 2011, there were ongoing concerns about debt levels.
The administrators FTI Consulting were unable to secure a buyer and have been winding the business down making redundancies over the past few days, with 627 going yesterday, to reduce staffing levels.
Two days after integrator 2e2 went under, administrators FTI Consulting said they had already received “significant interest” from channel firms keen to acquire parts of the firm.
Comms and networking services specialist Daisy Group has been named as one of the potential buyers for parts of the 2e2 empire. A Daisy spokesperson said the group would not comment on rumours or speculation concerning its plans.
In a statement, joint administrator Simon Granger said FTI was committed to protecting the business, its workforce and customer relationships. In regard to a sale, he said he was currently “exploring a number of options.”
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