Dial Telecom has bought STAR 21 Networks

Dial Telecom a.s., one of the leading Czech provider of telecommunication services, has become the hundred percent owner of the stocks of STAR 21 Networks a.s., with its registered office in Brno. The change of ownership will be in entered into the Business Register in a matter of days. STAR 21 Networks provides wholesale services to other operators and one of its competitive advantages is the fast connection of end users to operators using wireless networks. The turnover of STAR 21 in 2010 was almost CZK 67 M.

The Dial Telecom Group continues with its long-term business and acquisition strategy and continuously strengthens its position in the data, voice and the Internet services market in the Czech Republic. STAR 21 Networks a.s. has become a new daughter company of Dial Telecom a.s. 100% of the stocks have been transferred and, as a result, Dial Telecom a.s. has become the sole stock-holder of the company. This transaction will be confirmed and entered into the Business Register in a matter of days. The previous 100% owner of STAR 21 Networks was STAR 21 Networks GmbH, a German company from Frankfurt am Main.

Dial Telecom has strengthened wholesale

STAR 21 Networks was founded in 2000, when it obtained one out of three nationwide licences for the operation of the FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) networks in the band of 26 GHz for the Czech Republic. In 2001, the company began providing the services of its own network to other operators and soon became a significant alternative on the wholesale market of the so-called last mile – i.e. the connection of a specific customer to the network of a given operator using the fast wireless connection.

This network serves primarily to other operators and providers of Internet connections, who use it to provide telephone, data and Internet services to companies and organizations. Currently, all significant operators of fixed networks on the Czech market are already among the STAR 21 Networks customers.

With this transaction, Dial Telecom obtains the complete infrastructure of the provider STAR 21 Networks, as well as the whole existing customer base.

“It is a fast way of connecting customers, a supplement to the connection through the fixed network. STAR 21 Networks will become a daughter company of Dial Telecom,” said Aleš Zeman, the vice-chairman of the board of Dial Telecom a.s. “Thanks to this, we will become a far more significant player on the wholesale data connection market,” added Aleš Zeman.

Further information, http://hadaikum.dialtelecom.cz or at the following contacts:

Martina Setunská
Marketing manager, PR
tel.: + 420 226 204 159
email: martina.setunska@dialtelecom.cz

Pavel Křižka
PR Manager
tel.: +420 732 582 776
email: pavel.krizka@justc.cz                                                         

About Dial Telecom a.s. (Czech Republic)

The joint stock company Dial Telecom is a provider of a complex portfolio of voice, data and Internet services with guaranteed service availability all over the Czech Republic through its own unified optical network. The Dial Telecom network has its central monitoring center in Prague. The network monitoring, as well as the customer support center, are in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Dial Telecom a.s. is a holder of ISO 9001:2009 Quality Management, ISO 14001:2005 Environmental Management and  ISO 27001:2006 Information Security Management (i.e.  protection of sensitive information from unauthorized access) certificates.