Welltel acquires IT firm ANS to further expand in high-growth markets

The Dublin-based communications company is continuing a “buy-build strategy” for market expansion and growth.

Irish communications provider Welltel has acquired IT services company ANS to help it expand into high-growth areas such as the cloud.

Dublin-based ANS provides cloud, security and managed IT services to clients including Sonica and Designer Group.

The company’s 10 employees now join the Welltel team, bringing its headcount to more than 200 employees.

Commenting on the acquisition, Welltel CEO Ross Murray said: “ANS’ highly complementary business adds strategic value to Welltel with its experienced and credentialed employees, loyal customer base and specialization in cloud services, especially as we are seeing increased demand for digital services. and hybrid workspaces.

“It strengthens our position as the leading provider of business communications in Ireland,” he added.

Dublin-based Welltel continues its acquisition and growth strategy with this latest deal. Last May, it acquired connectivity and cloud specialist Strencom.

The communications company said that Strencom’s infrastructure, including its national network, can be leveraged with the ANS acquisition to provide broader technical competencies through secure cloud services and data connectivity for customers.

ANS Managing Director Colum Traynor said: “We see the synergies between our two brands and how that has translated through increased technical capabilities for our clients, with the ability to scale to support their growth.

“Welltel’s customer-centric approach reflects our values ​​at ANS, with the ability to deliver services at scale while maintaining personalized service.”

‘Buy and build strategy’

Welltel is a rapidly growing provider of IT and communications managed services, now serving over 3,000 business customers in Ireland and internationally.

The company has been on an acquisition spree over the past two years, acquiring the communications and connectivity solutions business Intellicom for €5.5m and the Kildare Novi-based IT services provider for €3m in 2020.

A month before acquiring Strencom last year, Welltel also acquired the Irish and UK operations of Capstone Intelligent Solutions. At the time of that deal, Welltel Chief Executive John Quinn said the company has a “buy-build strategy” underway.

Murray said the company has further acquisitions planned for 2022, with ambitions for further expansion in the UK and European markets.

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