Voyager Internet Limited is pleased to announce that, effective 14th May 2012, it has acquired the business of Net24 Limited.
The purchase of the Net24 group includes the well-recognised kiwi brands: Net24, 1st Domains, Register Direct, Expired Domains and IronStor; This is in addition to previous recent acquisitions for Voyager of: Affordable Domains, Digital Genus (IT integration), and IVP (VOIP provider).
Seeby Woodhouse, founder of Orcon Internet, has been quietly building up the Voyager brand for the last 18 months through a process of organic growth and careful acquisition of key business assets. This Acquisition solidifies Voyager’s position as a high-quality, boutique ISP that is big enough to cope with anything, but small enough to care.
The combined Voyager business now boasts some impressive figures including: 75,000 Domain names managed, 25,000 email accounts provided, 10,000 websites hosted, 1,000 Virtual Machine or “Cloud Servers” deployed, and several hundred VDSL, Fibre and UFB services delivered, all for a total of around 27,000 customers.
“We’ve been looking for the right key acquisition to make for many months”, says Seeby Woodhouse, CEO of Voyager.
“Voyager was one of the First ISP’s in NZ, and fondly remembered as one of the best. When my restraint of trade from the sale of Orcon ended, I decided that I would relaunch the Voyager brand. We have been operating for the last year as a great little business ISP, primarily offering services such as VOIP, VDSL, Fibre and UFB to a small set of discerning customers. Our ambitions are not just to provide Internet access, but to provide the infrastructure that will enable kiwi businesses to completely redefine their relationship with IT”.
“Net24 is an amazing business, with a team of passionate staff who really care about customers. Their data centre in Christchurch is the cleanest and most carefully laid out facility that I’ve ever seen, and the team’s attention to detail is visible in everything that they do. The business really stood out to me as the right one to buy, and with the addition of their Christchurch facilities, Voyager now has a data center in both the North and South Islands, which means that we can start backing up and replicating data the length of NZ for increased reliability and redundancy.”
“With the acquisition of Net24, we are now one of the largest Cloud service providers in the country. By combining cloud services with our access products, we can provide complete end-to-end solutions for the average kiwi business. The telecommunications sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy, and we see this acquisition helping us to be part of its transformation, freeing New Zealand from the tyranny of distance, and empowering Kiwis to compete on a truly global stage”.
“Big Telecommunications companies are often focused on connections, and many do cloud services poorly. Conversely, Cloud services companies usually can’t provide Internet access, and therefore can’t tie the WAN and Cloud together. Voyager does both, and leverages the skills of it’s highly technical staff to deliver a a secure, customized solution to every customer.”
“Voyager customers will notice our increased capabilities in Domains, hosting, email and Cloud services, while Net24 customers will find that not only can they host their Cloud servers with us, but we can provide the connection to it, the fire walling, the management, the reporting, and a whole host of other services (such as VOIP) as well.”
Brothers Nikolai and Michael Schupbach, founders of Net24, will be transitioning slowly out of the business over the next few months to ensure a seamless handover, to be replaced by Seeby and the combined management teams of Voyager and Net24. There will be no staff redundancies as a result of this change of ownership, and in fact, the sale will invest millions of dollars into the Christchurch economy where Net24 is based. Just as importantly, Voyager’s purchase of Net24 ensures that this great business remains 100% Kiwi owned and operated.
When the brothers Schupbach decided to sell the Net24 business, they wanted the new owner to continue the growth of the business they started 13 years ago. “The Voyager service offering will allow Net24 customers access to a full array of complementary services ” says Mike Schupbach. The decision to sell did not come lightly and they wanted somebody with vision to take the business forward. “Seeby comes with the skills and experience to fast track growth. His commitment to retain all employees and to grow the Christchurch operation was also key to making this acquisition happen, as we place a huge value our team, and would love to see Christchurch remain a leading center of technological innovation”
For questions about this press release, please email seeby at voyager.co.nz, or call on +64 21 366 666