Primus bolsters SIP strategy by acquiring Unlimitel

Primus' latest acquisition of VoIP and SIP-based service provider Unlimitel is yet another move the Canadian service provider is taking to not only enhance its SIP strategy, but also add another weapon its VoIP holster to respond its rapidly growing Asterik customer base. Neither company would reveal terms of the deal.

In operation since 1997, Unlimitel has been hailed as a VoIP and SIP-based product pioneer, providing retail SIP solutions to Canadian business customers.

While the marriage between the two companies is new, Unlimitel and Primus know each other quite well, having been technology partners for a number of years. By acquiring Unlimitel, which will run as a separate unit Primus Business Services run by Stephan Monette, Primus said that it would be able to provide its combined business customer base with additional products and an expanded service reach.

"This acquisition aligns with our promise of delivering quality products and services that are reliable, cost-effective and meet the needs of our customers," AJ Byers, Executive Vice President of Business Services at Primus Canada, said in a release announcing the acquisition. "The bringing together of Primus and Unlimitel complements our SIP strategy and bolsters our portfolio of VoIP solutions, particularly within the fast growing Asterisk customer base."

The deal will enable Primus to expand market reach and network footprint to other regions of Canada, particularly in Quebec.

This is the second major deal Primus struck after emerging from bankruptcy with a new management team in place led by former RCN President and CEO Peter Aquino. Last November, Primus bolstered its wholesale operations by purchasing Arbinet and selling its European network holdings.

For more:
- see the release

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