Rogers Communications has purchased BlackIron Data from Primus Telecommunications Group for a cash consideration of CAD200 million (USD195 million), subject to certain adjustments. BlackIron Data is a provider of data centre and cloud computing services in Canada with approximately 4,000 customers, and Rogers announced that the acquisition enables its Rogers Business Solutions division to enhance its suite of enterprise-level data centre and cloud computing services along with fibre-based network connectivity. In 2012 BlackIron Data reported revenue of USD33.7 million and EBITDA of USD13.0 million, and has 132 employees. BlackIron has eight data centre facilities in five major cities across Canada: Toronto, Ottawa, London, Edmonton and Vancouver, located within 200km of 80% of all Canadian businesses, supporting the rapidly growing need for hosted and cloud-based applications. In addition, the business recently opened a Tier III design and construction certified data centre in Markham, Ontario providing the capacity to expand current operations by more than 45%. Rogers’ press release continued: ‘The cloud continues to enable businesses to innovate and evolve in a dynamic market. This acquisition presents Rogers with a significant growth opportunity in the business-to-business market that aligns with our overall enterprise strategy.’
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