PRIMUS Acquires Data Communications Service Provider
Eclipse commenced operations in early 1996 and currently has approximately 100 business customers with annualized revenues of approximately $4 million and data switches and operational centers in all five capital cities in Australia. PRIMUS paid approximately $2.5 million, comprised of cash plus 27,500 shares of its common stock to acquire 100% of the equity of Eclipse.
"The Eclipse acquisition, which follows our recent acquisition of Hotkey, an Internet service provider, implements another step in PRIMUS's strategy to become a full service voice and data telecommunications carrier offering a single point of contact to our business and residential customers," said K. Paul Singh, PRIMUS's chairman and chief executive officer. "PRIMUS's expansion of its network capabilities in Australia to carry Internet traffic and data through frame relay is consistent with our goal to increase the mix of value-added, higher margin services carried over our network."
Eclipse will become PRIMUS's data communications division in Australia, reporting to Ravi Bhatia, Managing Director for PRIMUS Telecommunications Australia. "With the acquisition of Eclipse, PRIMUS now offers a complete range of telecommunications services for corporate customers in Australia, including fully integrated voice and data networks and corporate Internet solutions," stated Bhatia. "The Eclipse management team also brings to PRIMUS pioneers in the area of data frame relay technology who are experts at customizing data networking solutions for customers."
PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Incorporated is a global telecommunications company providing domestic and international long-distance voice, data, private network and value-added services. Founded in 1994 and based in McLean, Va., PRIMUS now serves 175,000 corporate, small- and medium- sized business, residential and wholesale customers located in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. News and information are available at the company's Website at http://www.primustel.com.
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