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This article was published on September 3, 2012

    Six Degrees Group acquires Aurora Networks to bolster its multimedia offerings

    Six Degrees Group acquires Aurora Networks to bolster its multimedia offerings
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    Six Degrees Group, the privately-owned managed data services provider has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Aurora Networks, a unified communications integrator.

    Aurora Networks offers a selection of voice, video and data products from various manufacturing partners to offer communications solutions. Through the acquisition, Six Degrees Group hopes to deliver more in the way of multimedia services.

    Aurora has been growing organically at over 20% year on year and according to Six Degrees Group, the acquisition will be useful in emerging market sectors such as hosting of communications servers along with mainstream IT applications and in managed video services.

    This move will also allow Six Degrees Group to leverage a £2 million investment in core network upgrades, including SIP trunking, through the provision of converged voice and video over IP solutions.

    Aurora, based in the City of London, was founded nine years ago by its two directors, Mark Tyers and Dan Cholerton. They will be joining the Six Degrees Group team along with 20 employees.

    Aurora is accredited with Avaya, Polycom and Radvision. Three-quarters of their revenues are for contracted services. The transaction takes Six Degrees Group’s run-rate position to £54 million revenue and £13 million earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

    Six Degrees Group serves UK mid-market and corporate customers. The Group has a converged services portfolio including datacentre, connectivity, voice and cloud offerings.

    This news follows a solid round of funding in July when the Group raised  £8 million ($12.4m) from Penta Capital and completed the acquisition of Cloud Computing Centre (CCC).

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