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Datatec unit acquires German telecoms consulting firm

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Datatec CEO Jens Montanana.
Datatec CEO Jens Montanana.

International ICT solutions and services group Analysys Mason, a subsidiary of Datatec, has acquired German consulting firm Allolio & Konrad.

The Bonn-domiciled consultancy is reported to have an extensive track record in the telecommunications industry and long-term client relationships with Europe’s leading telecoms operators.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the German competition authorities and is expected to be finalised in March.

Allolio & Konrad employs 45 people. Its services include the design, management and assurance of major business support systems and operational support system transformation programmes, as well as large-scale, multi-year IT strategy initiatives, alongside other solutions focused on performance and operations management.

Jens Montanana, Datatec CEO, says: “The acquisition of Allolio & Konrad builds logically on other recent acquisitions, strengthening Analysys Mason’s position in the strategic, digital transformation, IT transformation and performance consulting market, and broadening its skills base to support the accelerating demand for 5G expertise.

“A presence in Germany complements the existing footprint of Analysys Mason’s international offices, adding valuable skills and expertise to better serve its multinational clients.”

Datatec, through its subsidiaries, has been on the acquisition trail of late.

Last year, Logicalis, another Datatec subsidiary, acquired a 70% interest in Cilnet, a Cisco systems integrator and managed services business in Portugal.

Then came Orange Networks, a Microsoft services business focused on Microsoft cloud and managed services, with Germany-wide presence including Hamburg, Munich, Offenbach and Düsseldorf.

In September, it acquired Mars Technologies, an IT services business with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and East London, employing 76 staff.

According to the group’s audited provisional results for the year ended 28 February, Logicalis’ revenue grew by 11.3% to $1.7 billion and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation by 8.4% year on year, to $93.4 million.

Logicalis is the largest profit contributor to the group, despite only contributing 40% of the group’s revenue, and also has the widest geographical exposure.

Datatec says it intends to continue to develop and grow Logicalis globally, through organic and acquisition activities.

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