Cloud networking provider GTT Communications is set to acquire telco and IT provider KPN International for €50 million ($56m) in cash.

The deal is debt-free and is due to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approvals.

The Rotterdam waterfront. Image courtesy of the Creative Commons.
Rotterdam waterfront, where KPN is headquartered – Creative Commons

European expansion

Acquiring KPN will increase GTT’s IP network in Europe across 21 countries, including long-haul fiber routes and metro rings in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris. GTT will also take on KPN’s 400 company strong client base.

Formerly known as Global Telecom & Technology, GTT Communications operates a Tier 1 network and provides IP transit and MPLS transport services to enterprise, government, and carrier customers in over 100 countries. The company is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

Early last year GTT bought British network and infrastructure specialist Interoute for €1.9 billion ($2.3 billion) in cash.

Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO, said: “The acquisition of KPN International deepens our market presence in the European region

“The world-class resources contributed from this acquisition, including a highly experienced team, international network assets and a deep roster of multinational clients.”

In May this year, Rotterdam-based KPN sold off its data center division, NLDC, to a fund managed by a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank. The data center unit consisted of six colocation data centers in Aalsmeer, Almere, Eindhoven, Groningen, Oude Meer (Schiphol) and Rotterdam.