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Chess adds telco player TTNC to the fold

Channel player indicates this is going to be a year of activity as it makes its first acquisition since last summer

Chess has signalled that 2022 will be a year of growth after the firm sealed an acquisition for comms player TTNC (The Telephone Number Company).

TTNC’s name gives away its business, but the firm provides comms solutions, including call management packages, cloud numbers, VoIP, SIP trunks, call tracking and bespoke telephone answering services, with the business commanding a vast range of telephone numbers.

The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, will add more depth to areas such as business broadband, telephony and unified communications where Chess already operates and has been described as the start of a period of growth by the channel player.

“We have ambitious growth plans and the acquisition of TTNC sets us up for a great start to the year,” said David Pollock, Chess founder and executive chairman. “Small business owners are time poor, so need a knowledgeable and efficient technology partner. The addition of TTNC will further strengthen our capability to deliver end-to-end services to our small business customers through a fully digital experience.”

Mark Burcher, managing director and founder of TTNC, said the acquisition came at a moment when opportunities for comms specialists were opening up even further.

“I’ve always admired how Chess are so passionate about their vision, culture and values, and how they continuously invest in their people, so finding a new home for the TTNC team and TTNC customers was an easy choice for me,” he said. “The acquisition will create many opportunities for our people and customers, and I am excited about the future.”

Chess has been among those in the comms community encouraging customers to look ahead to the looming PTSN and ISDN switch-off in 2025 and examine other alternatives while there is time to plan and settle on the right strategy.

Set against that backdrop, the TTNC deal should provide the business with more expertise and depth to guide customers through the switch-off onto more modern technologies.

Chess is no stranger to using acquisitions to deepen its portfolio and was last active on that front in August last year, picking up penetration testing specialist Armadillo as it looked to strengthen the security side of its business and extend the services it can provide.

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