Network Infrastructure Solutions and Services

  • February 02, 2011 02 Feb'11

    Juniper adds new EMEA partner head

    Juniper Networks has named its vice president of Strategic Alliances, David Helfer, to the post of EMEA partner vice president.

  • February 01, 2011 01 Feb'11

    Extreme makes redundancies as growth slows

    Second quarter profits and sales at Extreme Networks have scraped in at the low-end of previously issued guidance.

  • February 01, 2011 01 Feb'11

    Ofcom told to look at practicalities of web site blocking

    Ofcom has been handed the task of discovering if the parts of the Digital Economy Act intended to block sites providing illegal content can be blocked. One of the main anti-piracy weapons in the Act is the ability to use the courts to block ...

  • February 01, 2011 01 Feb'11

    Network could grow productivity 5% annually, says Cisco CEO

    Speaking this morning at the Cisco Live event in London, Cisco CEO John Chambers has called for European businesses to use their networks to improve productivity in the economic recovery, and warned that there is "no such thing" as a truly secure ...

  • January 31, 2011 31 Jan'11

    Android vaults Symbian to grab smartphone market leadership

    As predicted, Google's Android smartphone operating system has become the market leading OS, pushing rival Nokia into second place, according to the latest quarterly smartphone figures from Canalys.

  • January 31, 2011 31 Jan'11

    D-Link adds new maintenance, support structure

    Partners reselling networking lines from SMB-centric vendor D-Link will be able to add extra support, maintenance and warranty options following the launch of a new programme dubbed D-Link Assist.

  • January 28, 2011 28 Jan'11

    Nortel pension campaign knocked back by Canadian ruling

    The Pensions Regulator's quest to make Nortel cover a multi-billion pound deficit in its UK pension scheme has received a setback following a Supreme Court verdict in Canada.

  • January 28, 2011 28 Jan'11

    ScanSource hits new sales record

    Avaya and Extreme Networks distributor ScanSource has posted record sales and net profits for the three months to the end of January.

  • January 28, 2011 28 Jan'11

    KCOM forecasts Public Sector Network strength

    In an interim management statement released to the City today, network integrator KCOM has revealed that its trading over the past months has been in line with market expectations and talked up the Public Sector Network (PSN) project.

  • January 27, 2011 27 Jan'11

    Avnet posts Q2 rise in sales and profits

    Avnet recorded a double digit rise in sales and profits for its fiscal second quarter fuelled by a rise in tech spending and acquisitions.

  • January 27, 2011 27 Jan'11

    ShoreTel CEO pledges profitability by Q4

    IP telephony vendor ShoreTel returned a GAAP net loss for its fiscal Q2, but an otherwise sound quarterly performance coupled with healthy revenue figures has led new CEO Peter Blackmore to say the company will be profitable by Q4.

  • January 27, 2011 27 Jan'11

    BSkyB buys The Cloud

    As predicted earlier this week, media group and ISPBSkyB has added Wi-Fi provider The Cloud to its line-up for an undisclosed sum understood to be under £50m.

  • January 26, 2011 26 Jan'11

    Enforce Technology buys Network SI hosting unit

    Security specialist Enforce Technology has acquired the business assets of fallen managed and hosting services SME reseller Network SI in a pre-pack deal.

  • January 26, 2011 26 Jan'11

    Juniper pins future growth on mobile web, clouds

    Juniper Networks has closed off its financial year with a record quarterly performance, booking sales of $1.19bn (£750m), up 26% year-on-year and 18% sequentially, while GAAP net profit grew 31% year-on-year to $190m. Full-year sales were up ...

  • January 26, 2011 26 Jan'11

    O2 launches national Wi-Fi grid

    Mobility and broadband provider O2 has this morning announced plans to deploy a free-to-access public Wi-Fi platform across the UK. The firm said that the network would be open to all customers to access for free, regardless of which mobile or ...

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    Network SI calls in corporate recovery firm to solve cash woes

    Network SI has appointed RSM Tenon to help deal with its current financial instability and find a buyer, with the hosting unit likely to be sold imminently as part of a pre-pack administration.

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    BT Wholesale to cut prices for ISPs

    BT Wholesale has announced a 25% cut to its Wholesale Ethernet Etherway connection charge for a six month period to the end of July.

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    Riverbed adds Avnet to UK distribution stable

    Riverbed is expanding its reach beyond its traditional value added, niche distribution proposition with the signing of Avnet Technology Solutions in the UK.

  • January 24, 2011 24 Jan'11

    Ericom bins Avnet, Exclusive for Computerlinks deal

    Fresh from its recent signings of network monitoring outfit Gigamon and SMB network kit vendor D-Link, Computerlinks has added application access and virtualisation solutions firm Ericom to its line-up after ditching rival Citrix late last year.

  • January 24, 2011 24 Jan'11

    Mayflex adds to networking team

    Networking and security distributor Mayflex has shuffled its networking team, bringing in some new faces and shuffling some existing roles, as part of an attempt to offer more support to its dealer network.

  • January 21, 2011 21 Jan'11

    Comstor handed Tandberg contract as Avnet leaves fold

    Comstor has laughed off Avnet's parting threat to switch sell Tandberg reseller partners to Avaya, as it prepares to join Azlan in distributing the videoconferencing specialist across Europe.

  • January 21, 2011 21 Jan'11

    Cisco names Brocklehurst as UK distribution boss

    Cisco has ushered in a new head of UK distribution with regional sales manager Andy Brocklehurst stepping into the shoes of Gordon Mackintosh, who has left for warmer climes to take a senior role in the vendor's global SME sales programme.

  • January 21, 2011 21 Jan'11

    Polycom profits soar once again

    Video and unified communications specialist Polycom has posted a new sales record for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2010, as the market for business video technology and applications continues to expand.

  • January 20, 2011 20 Jan'11

    Juniper benefits from exit of Windows 7 mastermind

    Microsoft exec Brad Brooks has become the latest high-profile company man to jump ship after being appointed by Juniper Networks to run its global enterprise marketing efforts.

  • January 20, 2011 20 Jan'11

    F5 drags down cloud networking market after missing forecasts

    Cloud networking vendor F5 Networks took a battering on the stock market after its fiscal Q1 sales came in below expectations, and a weak forecast for Q2 did not help matters. The slump in the firm's stock price has also hit rivals such as Aruba and...

  • January 19, 2011 19 Jan'11

    Apple owns up to iPhone 4 shortages

    Apple has underestimated demand for the iPhone4 and is facing shortages of its iconic device, but has refused to commit to saying when its supply chain issues will be resolved.

  • January 19, 2011 19 Jan'11

    Carphone raises guidance on strong US figures

    Carphone Warehouse Group has raised its full-year profit guidance to between £90m and £100m as a result of a strong quarterly performance from JV partner Best Buy's American mobile unit, in which CPW has a profit-sharing agreement.

  • January 19, 2011 19 Jan'11

    ShoreTel signs ScanSource

    IP phone supplier ShoreTel has added growing networking VAD ScanSource to its distribution stable in a move it says will enable it to build momentum and capture increased market share in the IP telephony, mobility and UC markets.

  • January 18, 2011 18 Jan'11

    Computacenter names Gooding to run UK networking unit

    Computacenter has hired Logicalis sales director Duncan Gooding to push its networking business in the UK over the £100m milestone. Current incumbent Ade Foxall is moving to a new role managing CC's Cisco UCS business across Europe - a new ...

  • January 18, 2011 18 Jan'11

    Juniper fires up global partner cloud training scheme

    Juniper Networks has announced a new training and education programme built around cloud networking, security, switching, routing and mobility.

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    DMSL renews BT deal for two more years

    Broadband, voice and data distributor DMSL has extended its BT Business contract through to 2013. The two firms have been doing business for over 10 years, in which time DMSL claims to have signed more than 30,000 BT Business contracts.

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    Aastra targets Microsoft, HP Networking channels

    Comms vendor Aastra will be leaning on new distribution partner Westcoast to target Microsoft and HP resellers looking to branch out into telecoms sales, according to UK and Ireland managing director Alan Reeve.

  • January 14, 2011 14 Jan'11

    Motorola split to ease channel solution sales

    The amicable split between Motorola's handset division and its enterprise solutions and networking business will provide new levels of clarity for resellers trying to push its solutions in the marketplace, according to Motorola Solutions head of ...

  • January 14, 2011 14 Jan'11

    EMEA unified comms market will double in size by 2014

    The EMEA market for unified communications (UC) kit and services will double in size by 2014, according to the latest figures from market watchers IDC. With total sales in 2010 hitting $8bn (£5bn), IDC's analysts expect it to approach $16.6bn ...

  • January 14, 2011 14 Jan'11

    Mitel names McBee as new CEO

    Mitel has named Richard McBee, former president of comms and enterprise at Danaher, as its new CEO, replacing long-serving Don Smith, who stood down last year.

  • January 13, 2011 13 Jan'11

    Datatec CEO says customer confidence returning

    Datatec reckons the IT industry is finally returning to meaningful growth, following a solid four months which tracked the high end of previous forecasts.

  • January 13, 2011 13 Jan'11

    Android to dominate Smartphone space in 2011, says Canalys

    Android will continue to grow at more than twice the rate of its closest smart phone competitors this year, despite concerns over platform fragmentation, according to analyst firm Canalys.

  • January 13, 2011 13 Jan'11

    O2 and 2e2 form IT and comms joint venture

    The slow march of mobile operators into the IT services market picked up pace today after carrier O2 and integrator 2e2 lifted the covers off a contractual joint venture.

  • January 13, 2011 13 Jan'11

    ScanSource adds Avaya installation services to mix

    Avaya distie ScanSource has launched a professional services offering in the UK, allowing its dealer channel to sell installation services on Avaya kit without having to invest in the resources needed to do it all themselves.

  • January 12, 2011 12 Jan'11

    Easynet boss heads to BE Broadband

    Recently-launched wholesale ISP BE Broadband - which is backed by O2 - has appointed the former head of SME provider Easynet Connect, Chris Stening, as its new managing director.

  • January 11, 2011 11 Jan'11

    Computerlinks adds network management tools to stable

    New market-based security and networking distil Computerlinks has added network monitoring kit from incoming US vendor Gigamon to its line-up in a move it says will complement its range of networking, security and virtualisation products.

  • January 10, 2011 10 Jan'11

    Azlan launches Cisco UCS virtualisation drive

    Cisco distributor Azlan has launched an on-boarding programme for partners keen to sell virtualisation as part of a UCS deployment.

  • January 06, 2011 06 Jan'11

    Snom launches dealer IP training scheme

    Comms vendor snow is to launch a Certified Engineer programme targeting resellers seeking entry to the IP telephony market, having successfully trialled a similar scheme in Italy.

  • January 05, 2011 05 Jan'11

    Juniper team reunites at McAfee

    McAfee has appointed former Juniper channel sales boss David Small to run its channel and commercial business in EMEA, after previous incumbent Georges Millet left to pursue other opportunities. Small joins just months after McAfee nabbed Juniper's ...

  • January 05, 2011 05 Jan'11

    Griffin jettisons VoIP services unit

    Business internet services provider Griffin has sold off the VoIP assets that it acquired when it bought Fused Group last October.

  • January 04, 2011 04 Jan'11

    Bandwidth and uptime top corporate network concerns

    Keeping networks ticking over and maintaining uptime and availability will remain the biggest concerns for corporate customers during 2011, according to research conducted on behalf of Ipswitch's Network Management Division.

  • January 04, 2011 04 Jan'11

    Daisy rebrands distribution units for New Year

    Acquisitive networking and comms provider Daisy Group has formally rebranded its distribution units, Anglia Telecom and Fone Logistics, as Daisy Distribution following a lengthy integration process.

  • December 17, 2010 17 Dec'10

    Azzurri prepares for public sector outsourcing love in

    Azzurri is forging a major accounts team for the public sector in anticipation of growing demand for outsourcing.

  • December 17, 2010 17 Dec'10

    Redstone cuts losses in H1 fiscal 2011

    The divestment programme of peripheral operations kicked off by Redstone's management helped stem losses in the first half of fiscal 2011, the firm said today.

  • December 16, 2010 16 Dec'10

    BT channel ducks wholesale price bullet

    Ofcom has formally ruled that BT will not be allowed to increase its wholesale charges in order to plug a £3.8bn deficit in its pension fund, confirming the results of its initial consultation.

  • December 15, 2010 15 Dec'10

    KCOM boss Renucci resigns

    KCOM Group finance boss Paul Simpson has assumed control of the firm following the resignation of executive director Paul Renucci.

  • December 15, 2010 15 Dec'10

    Comms reseller Arrow buys TMG

    Surrey-based mobility reseller Arrow Mobile Communications has splashed out an undisclosed sum on the assets of phone systems, maintenance and network services outfit TMG.

  • December 14, 2010 14 Dec'10

    Ingram Micro continues to expand mobility line

    Ingram Micro is continuing to expand the roll-out of kitto support its growing telecommunications division, which was given full access to RIM's mobility portfolio earlier this month.

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Redstone to cut jobs as business units merge

    Redstone is set to consolidate its three operating divisions into one trading entity with the loss of around 50 jobs.

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    ShoreTel ends hunt for CEO

    ShoreTel has named former president and CEO of IP networking solutions provider UTStarcom, Peter Blackmore, as its new CEO, ending a five month hunt for John Combs' replacement.

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    STL sells comms division to Admiral

    Suffolk-based cloud and virtualisation specialist and Microsoft Gold Partner STL Technologies has sold its telecoms division to IT, telephony and facilities management outfit Admiral Group for an undisclosed sum.

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Nortel loses pension fight in High Court

    Nortel has lost its legal battle against the Pensions Regulator in its attempt to make the bankrupt networking vendor liable for a £2.1bn deficit in its pension scheme through a Financial Support Direction (FSD).

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Walsh to join comms services firm Colt in February

    Former Computacenter UK managing director Simon Walsh -who resigned his post in November in order to take his career in a new direction- will take up the role of executive vice president of managed networking services provider Colt's Enterprise ...

  • December 09, 2010 09 Dec'10

    Ciena posts ninth straight net loss

    Optical networking vendor Ciena has posted its ninth sequential net loss in the final quarter of its fiscal 2010, which closed at the end of October.

  • December 09, 2010 09 Dec'10

    Alcatel-Lucent in on pioneering LTE trial

    Alcatel-Lucent and infrastructure outfit Arqiva have teamed up to start a Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless trial in a remote part of Wales, using parts of the 800MHz spectrum freed up by the digital switchover.

  • December 09, 2010 09 Dec'10

    NTT buying up last DiData shares

    Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT), which acquired systems integrator Dimension Data in July for £2.1bn,is pushing ahead with the purchase of the last few remaining shares in the company. This follows the expiry of a six-week period for the ...

  • December 08, 2010 08 Dec'10

    Calyx CEO Timothy maps acquisition path as 2011 closes in

    Calyx is currently mapping an acquisition strategy but has expressed early interest in building larger economies of scale in existing operations and getting more involved in software and infrastructure management services.

  • December 08, 2010 08 Dec'10

    Silver Peak Betz on CDG distribution appointment

    WAN optimisation outfit Silver Peak is continuing its EMEA expansion with the appointment of former Expand Networks EMEA sales head Mike Betzto the post of vice president of EMEA sales, and the appointment of data centre technology distributor CDG ...

  • December 07, 2010 07 Dec'10

    Daisy numbers show impact of roll-up strategy

    After acquiring numerous businesses during the course of 2010, comms and networking reseller Daisy Group has posted a pre-tax loss of £9.84m on sales of £119.9m, up 288% year-on-year for the six months to the end of September.

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Cisco, BMC team up for enterprise cloud sales

    Cisco and BMC Software have put their marks to a new strategic alliance intended to develop and market large-scale multi-tenant cloud infrastructures.

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Juniper buys into virtualisation security market

    Juniper Networks has forked out $95m (£60.6m) to acquire virtualisation security vendor Altor Networks, net of shares that it already owns in the business.

  • December 06, 2010 06 Dec'10

    Hunt outlines coalition broadband plans

    The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is today setting out the coalition government's broadband strategy, setting a tentative date of 2015 to bring super-fast fiber broadband to between 85% and 90% of the UK, with the private sector shouldering the bulk...

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Channel warned over voice security neglect

    The rush towards convergence among voice and data resellers means that the security of voice and VoIP installations is being neglected with potentially damaging consequences.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Nortel auctions wind down with GDNT China sale

    Nearly two full years after it first went into administration, Nortel has sold its final substantial asset, China-based Guandgong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment (GDNT), to Ericsson China for $50m in cash.

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Mitel sales hold steady in Q2

    Unified comms software vendor Mitel has made total sales of $161.1m (£103m) - down 0.8% - in the second quarter of its fiscal 2011. In unaudited figures for the three months to the end of October, the firm made GAAP net income of $80.9m, ...

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Daisy buys into healthcare services with NEG

    Acquisitive Daisy Group continues to cut a swathe through the business comms space after dipping into its war chest to acquire NEG MBO Two Ltd for an initial cash consideration of £23.5m.

  • December 02, 2010 02 Dec'10

    Brocade names ex-HP man as EMEA channel head

    Brocade has named former HP Networking man Alain Valluy as its new EMEA channel director, replacing Amanda Giddins, who left the company in October.

  • December 01, 2010 01 Dec'10

    Motorola to split in January

    After a process that has taken over two years, Motorola has finally set 4 January 2011 as the date on which it will split into two firms, Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility.

  • November 29, 2010 29 Nov'10

    Computerlinks plans satellite net services

    Computerlinks has announced plans to provide parts of its Alvea channel managed services portfolio through newly-launched broadband satellite, HYLAS 1.

  • November 29, 2010 29 Nov'10

    Government urged to push broadband investment

    Broadband speeds across the EU are much faster than they were 12 months ago, say new statistics released by the European Commission, but member governments must do more to ensure their digital economies remain competitive, according to Brussels.

  • November 29, 2010 29 Nov'10

    Astaro looks to expand channel with key appointment

    Unified Threat Management (UTM) specialist Astaro has recruited a sales director from its rival to drive UK channel growth. Vinod Chamdal, takes up the post of UK sales director at Astaro with a brief to expand its channel numbers and increase ...

  • November 26, 2010 26 Nov'10

    Networks First latest Cisco partner to trial apps

    Networking support services provider Networks First has become the latest industry player to unveil an iPhone app pitched at the channel.

  • November 26, 2010 26 Nov'10

    B2Net acquires Cisco partner Essant

    Services-based storage reseller B2net has acquired small London-based Cisco Gold partner Essant for an undisclosed sum.

  • November 25, 2010 25 Nov'10

    Virgin Media signs on to government network plan

    Virgin Media Business has signed up to supply its fibre-optic network as part of the government's Public Sector Network (PSN) plan and created new public sector business network.

  • November 25, 2010 25 Nov'10

    Nortel pension hearing begins

    Lawyers for Nortel will take the stand at the Royal Courts of Justice today for the second day of the hearing over the firm's handling of its pension scheme.

  • November 24, 2010 24 Nov'10

    Magirus pledges to drive down Cisco UCS lead times

    Cisco distributor Magirus has claimed it can now bring lead times on Cisco's B-Series Unified Compute blades down to just five days after being certified as the first Cisco UCS B-Series Authorised Configurator in Europe.

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    KCOM plans for growth as profits rise

    Revenues might have dipped but profits for the first half of its fiscal year increased at KCOM as the firm announced a fresh banking facility and ambitions for growth.

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    Brocade profits head south on increased costs

    Brocade's fourth quarter GAAP net income shrank 28% year-on-year to $23m (£14.4m) even as sales at the network and storage vendor hit a new record of $550m, up 5%, driven by solid growth in its Ethernet business.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    Juniper distie boss pops up at Avnet

    Former Juniper UK distribution manager Grant Reddin has crossed the great divide into the channel to take up the role of networking and security sales director for the UK at Avnet Technology Solutions.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    D-Link shakes up education strategy

    D-Link has revitalised its approach to its core education market, unveiling a new 0% financing plan and announcing the appointment of a new head of education.

  • November 19, 2010 19 Nov'10

    Nortel falls out with VoIP unit buyer

    Nortel has fallen out with Genband over the purchase price of its carrier VoIP and applications solutions (CVAS) unit, according to Reuters. The $182m deal, originally announced late last year, was finalised in February, as reported by MicroScope.

  • November 19, 2010 19 Nov'10

    Chambers sorry for Cisco stock panic

    John Chambers has taken the unusual step of apologising to investors for the weak quarterly forecast that he delivered last week on Cisco's quarterly earnings call.

  • November 18, 2010 18 Nov'10

    Aruba CEO shrugs off Trapeze acquisition

    Dominic Orr, CEO of wireless vendor Aruba Networks, has claimed he is not concerned with the acquisition of old competitor Trapeze by Juniper earlier this week.

  • November 17, 2010 17 Nov'10

    Product sales bounce back as DiData files final results

    Integrator Dimension Data has posted improved revenues and profits for the full-year to the end of September, with sales up 19% - 9% at constant currency rates - to $4.74bn (£2.98bn) and operating profit of $237.8m, up 22% in reported currency...

  • November 17, 2010 17 Nov'10

    Belden offloads Trapeze to Juniper

    Cabling specialist Belden has offloaded its WLAN business, Trapeze Networks, which it acquired in 2008 for $133m (£83.8m) to Juniper Networks, after failing to make waves in the wireless market.

  • November 16, 2010 16 Nov'10

    Opal sales flat as voice revenues decline

    Sales at business-to-business comms provider Opal remained flat year-on-year during the second quarter as declining sales of voice products were offset by growth in data products and services, parent TalkTalk said today.

  • November 15, 2010 15 Nov'10

    Nortel books $649m loss after pension charges

    Nortel's rump operation has posted net third quarter sales of $85m (£52.8m), down 90.1% year-on-year as a result of business divestitures in the past 12 months.

  • November 15, 2010 15 Nov'10

    Cisco stock app takes to iPhone, BlackBerry platforms

    Cisco distributor Azlan has launched two apps for the iPhone and Blackberry platforms designed to help SMB resellers get a snapshot of Cisco stock availability on the fly. The apps have already been road-tested by Azlan's in-house sales teams and ...

  • November 11, 2010 11 Nov'10

    Cisco margins hit by component shortfall

    Cisco is still feeling the effects of bottle necks in the networking component supply chain, despite CFO Frank Calderoni noting a "substantial improvement in our supply" in Q1.

  • November 11, 2010 11 Nov'10

    Global Services star performer for BT in Q2

    BT has posted a slight decline in sales for its second quarter to the end of September, although both EBITDA and pre-tax profit showed improvement, up 3% and 13% respectively after a strong performance from problem child, BT Global Services.

  • November 11, 2010 11 Nov'10

    Cisco questions strength of recovery as Q1 profits fall short

    The stock markets have punished Cisco after the networking market leader missed forecast earnings targets by a country mile in the first quarter of its fiscal 2011.

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    Avaya acknowledges Nortel dealer discontent

    Avaya has acknowledged the complaints of some of the Nortel enterprise partners absorbed into its channel during the course of 2010, and pledged to begin to monetise the Nortel lines in the coming months.

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    White box builders, smartphones behind mobile boom

    The worldwide market for mobile phone sales has enjoyed another record quarter on the back of continuing adoption of smartphones sales of which soared 96%, and the growth of a new white box mobile sector in the developing world.

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    Accumuli acquires Tuscany Networks for £4m

    Buy and build vehicle Accumuli has bid £4m for AIM listed Tuscany Networks in a reverse takeover and plans to raise cash through a share placement to fund two further acquisitions early next year.

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    Daisy snaps up acquisitive SpiriTel

    Just as it promised its shareholders last month, acquisitive business communications provider Daisy Group has bought up rival SpiriTel for £27.5m, the largest acquisition it has made since embarking on a buy-and-build frenzy in 2009.