Vodafone New Zealand buys WorldxChange

Vodafone has grabbed the converged services specialist to boost its enterprise services and customer base.

Vodafone has bought New Zealand-based unified communications and converged services specialist WorldxChange.

Auckland-based WorldxChange boasts an enterprise customer base that includes IAG Insurance, Transpower, the Reserve Bank, Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, EQC, Navman, and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

In addition to its enterprise services, WorldxChange provides fixed and fibre broadband to high-end residential customers.

Vodafone NZ chief executive Russell Stanners said the deal enhances Vodafone's communications offering.

"We're proud to be investing in this strong, kiwi company, and to bring the benefits of its highly skilled technical capability to our customers," he said.

WorldxChange chief technology officer and major shareholder Paul Clarkin said WorldxChange would become a Unified Communications centre of excellence for Vodafone, showcasing our design and development know-how.

In 2004, WorldxChange launched the first fully converged IP-based telco network in New Zealand.

The sale price was not disclosed.

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