Communication technology solutions vendor Arkadin, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Communications, has expanded to Colombia with the acquisition of local firm T-Uno.
Bogota-based T-Uno specializes in remote collaboration solutions, spanning audio, web and video conferencing, and webcasting technology, with government and educational institutes making up a larger chunk of its clientele.
Arkadin is hoping to offer its flagship Cloud-based collaboration solutions to Colombian businesses, alongside T-Uno’s existing offerings.
As a subsidiary of NTT Group, Arkadin has access to first-class data centers that can guarantee a high-quality audio and video service. This infrastructure, combined with T-Uno’s wide customer base, can help Arkadin penetrate the Colombian market in a matter of months, analysts say.
According to Wainhouse Research, the market for collaboration services in Colombia is on course to increase 31% over the next five years.
“Of the seven collaboration service providers Wainhouse Research tracks in Colombia, T-Uno is the number one market leader and the only local provider,” says Marc Beattie, Senior Analyst and Partner. “This acquisition combines T-Uno’s local market expertise with Arkadin’s service and operational expertise – creating a foundation for further growth.”
The merged company will continue to operate out of Bogota, the Colombian capital. Elsewhere in the region, Arkadin has operations in Brazil and Mexico.
“This is a highly strategic acquisition that will pave the way to do business in Colombia and accelerate our Latin American expansion overall,” said Thomas Valantin, Arkadin Managing Director, Latin America.
With over 50 offices in 34 countries, Arkadin is serving over 37,000 customers.