Avsnet Acquires Besttel For Unified Specialisation

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Integrator eyes expansion and snaps up rival firm for greater unified comms presence

Networking and comms integrator Avsnet has bought out rival firm Besttel for an undisclosed figure, furthering the former’s growth aspirations.

Avsnet has managed to post a 40 percent growth year on year and the acquisition of Besttel adds to Avsnet’s Polycom and Cisco accredited unified communications and video conferencing products and services. Besstel brings specialisation in Cisco Data Centre, Wireless and Ironport security along with VMWare, NetApps and Veeam technologies.

Strong presence

Avsnet’s non-exec chairman Mike Mason, who joined the company last summer from Intrinsic, said the acquisition would allow the company to push further and captialise on current trends, such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).

“Besttel’s strengths allow us to take the BYOD trend one step further in allowing users the choice of instant messaging, presence, audio, video and web conferencing tools on mobiles, tablets, PC’s, laptops and room based telepresence and video conferencing suites,” said Mason.

Mason added that Avsnet’s experience in collaborative video conferencing and network centric unified communication alongside would be complemented by Besttel’s strengths in network, datacentre, virtualisation, security and wireless.

“We really get the sensitivity of multi-media applications traversing the network, so application performance management is absolutely key to our successful deployments,” he said.

Graham Fry, managing director of Avsnet, said: “We are all really excited for Besttel to join the avsnet team. Our combined skills are complementary and our geography will allow both companies to support all our customers in the North and South.“

“We have a clear vision in what we are delivering to the market and we are all really looking forward to Paul’s team further adding their technical expertise to the robust integration and support offerings we have.”

He added: “This really does represent good news to our customers in the breadth of services we can offer and further adds to the depth of skills and capabilities we have in integration, project management and in life care and support. We have experienced extraordinary growth over the past four years at 40 percent year on year and I can see this acquisition boosting our aggressive growth aspirations even further.”

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