Viatel snaps up Wicklow broadband provider WifiberVish Gainon February 18, 2022 at 07:59 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Irish telecoms provider Viatel has acquired Wicklow-based residential broadband company Wifiber, its fifth acquisition in less than two years and second this year.

Wifiber provides broadband services to a number of Irish businesses in the east coast of Ireland, including the National Concert Hall, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, EastCoastFM, and RTÉ.

Founded in 2016, Wifiber also holds a strong position in Ireland’s events industry, providing connectivity services to event and festival teams such as the National Ploughing Championships, Bloom, the Aviva Stadium, Electric Picnic, Longitude and Body & Soul festivals.

Viatel, which is preparing for an international expansion after the acquisition of Limerick’s ActionPoint last month, hopes to gain new customers from the Wifiber acquisition and expand its team, including Wifiber founder and CEO Nikki Thullier.

Paul Rellis, CEO fo Viatel, welcomed the Wifiber team and customers to Viatel and said that together the two companies can “bring even more value to our customers across the business and consumer sectors”.

“Customer service and satisfaction is extremely important to both companies and makes us a great fit. We are delighted that Nikki Thullier and his team will remain with the business as we build into the future,” he said in a statement.

Financial terms of the acquisition have not been made public. However, Viatel said that it expects post-acquisition revenues to exceed €65m this year.

Viatel has been on an acquisition spree in recent years. Before it snapped up digital transformation specialist ActionPoint last month, Viatel acquired Cork-based Nova Telecom last year. In the second half of 2020, it acquired both Limerick-based Ripplecom and Irish Telecom.

Thullier said he was “immensely proud of the business we have built” and that he was delighted to join the Viatel family to expand the service.

“Our team is passionate about providing a personable, strong and reliable service to our customers. This, I believe, will be the keystone to a successful partnership with Viatel and Digiweb (part of the Viatel group), who share Wifiber’s ethos and passion,” he said in a statement.

Viatel employs more than 265 people across Ireland, with locations in Dublin, Dundalk, Cork and Limerick. It also owns and operates a data centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

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