Bell Canada has completed its acquisition of Q9 Networks, after the C$675 million (US$513m) deal was announced in August.

The Canadian telecoms company previously owned a 35.4 percent stake in the data center operator, when Q9 was bought by an investor group comprised of Bell, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Providence Equity Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners. 

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For whom the bell tolls

Robin Constantin, VP of sales for Bell Wholesale, told Capacity that the deal was completed this week. 

Q9’s website states: “Q9 now operate the country’s largest network of data centres in Canada, providing the best Colocation, Managed Services and Cloud solutions to leading organizations in support of their business-critical computing operations.

“With our comprehensive service offerings and extensive expertise in all facets of IT infrastructure and connectivity, we provide cost-effective solutions that deliver the highest levels of performance and reliability for the most demanding environments.”

The purchase of the 74.6 percent stake gives Bell full control over Q9’s 27 data centers, including a facility in Calgary and Kamloops, British Columbia.

Canada was listed as the sixth safest country for data center operators in the Cushman & Wakefield Data Center Risk Index report earlier this year.