New, simplified setup to sharpen focus on serving multinational customers in the region
BT today announced that it has reached an agreement for the sale of selected domestic operations and infrastructure in 16 countries in Latin America to CIH Telecommunications Americas LLC (‘CIH’), an affiliate of CIH Technology Holdings, a Washington D.C. and Singapore based global private equity firm. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to complete during this calendar year.
BT will retain a strong presence in the region after the sale, delivering next-generation networking, cloud and security services to multinational customers across 21 countries.
The transaction is part of BT’s ongoing transformation of its Global unit and will deliver continuity and growth opportunities for customers and employees in the region. BT and CIH have also entered into wholesale and reseller agreements, under which CIH will act as a regional channel for BT’s products and services and continue to supply domestic connectivity services to BT.
Assets and operations in the scope of the transaction delivered revenue of £110m to BT in fiscal year 2018/19. They include two owned fibre networks with total length of 650km, 2000km of leased fibre lines, four data centres and five teleports. The divested business is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.
“Today’s announcement is a key milestone in the execution of our strategy to become a more agile and focused business. It comes at a particularly challenging time for the global economy. As such, it is a sign of our determination to keep the business moving forward and continue connecting communities, businesses and governments. I am pleased to begin a new chapter in the region with CIH, providing continuity for our people and our customers,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global, BT.
“We are very excited to be re-entering global telecommunications after having successfully focused on the technology sector over a number of years. We have considerable experience in the region and the sector, and greatly look forward to growing the business and providing the highest level of service to all customers in the region, including BT. The acquired business fits very well with our strategy and existing global portfolio,” said George Kappaz, CIH’s Chairman.
BT and CIH have agreed not to disclose the terms of the purchase, which were agreed to in March 2020.
BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2019, BT Group’s reported revenue was £23,428m with reported profit before taxation of £2,666m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on the London stock exchange.
For more information, visit www.btplc.com
CIH Technology Holdings LLC is a global private equity partnership headquartered in Washington D.C. and Singapore. CIH takes controlling interests in companies doing business in regions throughout the world. With current operations on 6 continents, CIH and its affiliates have made investments in multiple industry sectors.