Smart Telecom joins Digiweb Group and exits Examinership Process

Investment from Digiweb secures future of Smart and creates the leading independent Irish owned telecommunications company Dublin, Ireland, 8 December, 2009 – Smart Telecom (“Smart”), an Irish provider of voice, data and media communications services, today announces that the Irish High Court (the “Court”) has approved a range of proposals which will enable Smart to exit the Examinership process as a viable member of the Digiweb Group. Smart will continue to provide telecommunications services to Irish residential, business and public sector customers. The effective date of the exit is Friday, 11 December 2009. Smart entered the Examinership process on 31 August, 2009 in order to restructure its balance sheet and to secure a strategic investment.  The proposals approved by the Court include a restructuring of Smart’s balance sheet and the acquisition of the entire business and residential customer base and assets of Smart by Digiweb, the national telecommunications and managed services provider. The transaction brings together two EBITDA positive businesses with annual revenue approaching €40 million and over 150 employees. The enlarged Digiweb Group becomes the leading, independent Irish telecommunications company and significantly enhances the scale and scope of the combined Digiweb-Smart service offering. Smart Telecom employees will move during December to Digiweb’s Blanchardstown head office. Brendan Hunt, CFO, Smart Telecom said: “We are delighted to have achieved this restructuring combined with an investment from Digiweb which has resulted in our successful exit from Examinership. Smart emerges with a substantially stronger balance sheet and operating profile. The business will be EBITDA positive and profitable and has no debt maturities for a number of years. The prospect of combining our...

Digiweb shakes up Irish telecoms with ‘Chatterbox’ voice and broadband service.

–  Irish consumers can now get unlimited calls to landlines in Ireland and the UK, plus 40 free minutes to Irish and UK mobile numbers at any time for just €39.99 per month –  Robust 4 Mbps broadband is included in bundle –  No installation fee for orders received in December –  No line rental required –  Chatterbox comprehensively beats Eircom on price, volume of calls and broadband speeds – Average consumer could save in excess of €300 per annum by switching to Digiweb Dublin, 1st December, 2009: Digiweb, the national telecommunications and managed services provider, today launched a new, low-cost voice and broadband bundle to consumers in Ireland for just €39.99 per month. The service called ‘Chatterbox’ includes unlimited calls to local, national and UK landlines, and forty minutes of free calls per month to Irish and UK mobile phones at both peak and off-peak times. It also includes a 4Mbps internet connection. Digiweb believes this comprehensive service offers the best value in the Irish market as the volume of free calls at all times to all areas of Ireland and the UK is unprecedented. In addition, Digiweb will offer free installs for all orders received during December. The Chatterbox phone and broadband bundle has many benefits for Irish consumers including the competitive price, free ‘peak time’ calls to anywhere in Ireland and the UK, and the faster broadband speeds. In addition, the service is not dependent on a fixed copper line which means that customers don’t need to pay ‘dead money’ into line retail or share busy DSL exchanges which can lead to poor quality internet connectivity....

Digiweb aims to bridge the rural digital divide with satellite broadband

–    Digiweb research identifies 8,169 businesses and organisations that struggle to access the internet –    Counties with the highest numbers of organisations effected are Cork, Tipperary, Kerry, Clare and Meath respectively –    Sectors hit hardest include retail, tourism and agribusiness –    New Satellite technology delivers guaranteed internet coverage to 100% of the Irish population with speeds increasing to 10Mbps in 2010 Dublin, 29 October, 2009: Digiweb, the national telecommunications and managed services provider, today announced the results of a comprehensive nationwide survey of Irish businesses which has identified more than 8,000 businesses and organisations that are located in broadband ‘black spot’ areas. ** The 8,169 organisations highlighted by the research are mainly small businesses in rural areas. Many of those identified are involved in the retail, tourism and agribusiness sectors.  This research follows a recently published report from the National Competitiveness Council that ranked Ireland in 12th position in the EU-15 for broadband penetration. Counties with the highest numbers of organisations in areas struggling to access the internet via broadband technology are Cork (1071), Tipperary (712), Kerry (662), Clare (653) and Meath (494). Providing affordable, high-quality broadband communications to 100% of the population is not only a concern for Ireland, but also many other countries that have areas of low density population.  Satellite broadband technology is now seen as an integral part of the overall digital strategy for many of these countries. In May this year, Digiweb launched its new satellite broadband service ‘Digiweb Tooway’, which currently offers download speeds of up to 3.6Mbps to all of its satellite customers.  With a major new satellite infrastructure upgrade program planned,...

Digiweb wins €5m in corporate voice deals in 2009

· Demand for Digiweb’s voice services fuelled by businesses immediate need to make cost savings · VoIP proving to be particularly popular · 600 new business customers signed up to Digitalk, saving an average of 35% on phone bills compared to their previous supplier · New customers include Vesta, Ask.com, ChannelAdvisor and Four Seasons hotels · “switching voice lines is not a dark art” Dublin, 14 October, 2009: Digiweb, the national telecommunications and managed services provider, today announced new deals worth €5m from its corporate voice service called Digitalk, launched at the beginning of this year. Digiweb has signed deals with more than 600 new business customers for its full range of voice services. New customers are saving on average 35% on their phone bills compared to their previous supplier. Digiweb’s corporate voice services were launched following success in the residential voice market. Investments in its national Metro network, two switching centres and next-generation SIP infrastructure ensured Digiweb could meet the exacting voice quality standards demanded by business users. Digiweb provides a full range of telephony services to business customers including Voice over IP or SIP trunks, PSTN, ISDN, and inbound voice services such as Freefone and LoCall. It also provides wholesale voice to carriers and partners. Digitalk has been implemented across a wide range of private and public sector organisations, with solutions available from one to several thousand users. New customers include Vesta’s European Operation Centre, Ask.com, ChannelAdvisor and the Four Seasons hotels Carlingford and Monaghan. Demand for Digitalk has been fuelled by the need of many Irish businesses to make immediate cost savings. Digiweb will leverage each...

Digiweb Provides Managed Hosting Solution for Ask Jeeves / Ask.com

Pictured are James Kenny, corporate sales manager, Digiweb and Caitriona O’Sullivan, European operations manager, Ask Jeeves/Ask.com Digiweb is hosting the entire European IT infrastructure for Ask Jeeves (which operates as Ask.com outside the UK) Ask Jeeves is the 10th largest Internet brand in the UK [May 2009, ComScore] reaching 39% of the Internet population [source ComScore]. Digiweb, the national telecommunications and managed services provider, today announced that it has successfully completed a hosting, telecommunications and managed hosting solution for Ask Jeeves / Ask.com. Digiweb’s Dublin data centre will house the entire European IT infrastructure of Ask Jeeves / Ask.com. The Ask Jeeves website in the UK currently receives 15 million unique users per month. To ensure uninterrupted connectivity and 24×7 customer access to all of its sites, Ask Jeeves / Ask.com made the decision to migrate its European IT infrastructure into a secure data centre location.  Digiweb was chosen based on its unique ability to provide an independent national telecoms network and a dedicated data centre facility with the highest levels of security, capacity and resilience. Following the successful migration, Digiweb is now hosting the Ask Jeeves and Ask.com websites. To guarantee website availability for Ask Jeeves / Ask.com customers around-the-clock, Digiweb is providing Ask Jeeves / Ask.com with a tailored managed hosting and security solution.  Digiweb is also providing voice and data connectivity for the Ask.Jeeves / Ask.com team in Ireland. Caitriona O’Sullivan, European operations manager, Ask Jeeves / Ask.com, said: “Ask Jeeves users demand that our search engine is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We were really impressed with Digiweb’s ability to serve...