Six Degrees Group has acquired unified comms integrator Aurora Networks to strengthen its IP telephony and video conferencing offering. The acquisition will brings Six Degrees a complementary portfolio of data networking and fixed-line services.
Six Degrees said Aurora Networks, which has been growing organically at over 20% year on year, will provide incremental revenue opportunities for the group in emerging market sectors such as hosting of communications servers, mainstream IT applications and managed video services.
It will also allow Six Degrees Group to leverage a £2m investment in core network upgrades, including SIP trunking, through the provision of converged voice and video over IP solutions.
City-based Aurora was founded nine years ago by Mark Tyers and Dan Cholerton, who will join the Six Degrees Group team along with 20 employees.
Aurora has accreditation for Avaya, Polycom and Radvision. Three-quarters of its revenues are for contracted services. The transaction takes Six Degrees Group’s run-rate position to £54m revenue and £13m EBITDA.
Commenting on the acquisition, Alastair Mills, CEO of Six Degrees Group (pictured), said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Aurora Networks to Six Degrees Group. This acquisition plugs a gap in our portfolio and allows us to offer new converged services and to add IP telephony to our co-location and cloud hosting offerings.
'It also enables us to offer video as part of our managed data services suite. Mark and Dan have established a company delivering impressive organic growth with excellent operational and technical capabilities. I have been following their progress for several years and I am delighted that they are joining the Six Degrees Group team.’
Aurora Networks MD Mark Tyers said: ‘We’re joining one of the most ambitious companies in the mid-market, an area which has always been our focus, and we’ll be adding new products to an already strong group.
'The potential for us to cross-sell telephony, LAN and video offerings into their existing customers, as well us for us to provide managed data and hosting services to our own, is tremendously appealing to us. Six Degrees Group is a perfect fit for our team and our customers and we look forward to contributing to the group’s continued success.’
Editor: Carol Millett