Mitel's $2bn sale to Searchlight aids move to cloud says Chairman Terry Matthews

Canadian vendor Mitel is to be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners for $2bn. Mitel co-founder and Chairman Terry Matthews said: "We believe this transaction will provide Mitel with additional flexibility as a private company to pursue the company's move-to-the-cloud strategy."

Finalists announced for Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards 2018

Following another record entry, the finalists have been announced for this year's Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards - the leading awards process which recognises sales and marketing expertise in the ICT channel.

Comms Dealer Update

Why it’s time to make gender diversity a top priority

The proportion of male to female leaders in the comms sector screams of an alarming gender imbalance that can only impede the industry's progress and prospects, according to a frank debate on the issue last month (hosted by 9 Group in association with Comms Dealer) that aimed to reset the gender diversity agenda.

Company Profile

McMinn on why Marston’s Telecoms is one to watch

There are some notable shifts taking place in the Marston's Telecoms dynamic and we could be witnessing the start of something big, according to Managing Director Mike McMinn.

Business Interview

Openreach thrives on independent stage

No sooner was Openreach structurally separated from BT Group than a move arose to galvanise and reinforce its independence spearheaded by leaders with real power, including Katie Milligan, Managing Director, Customer, Commercial and Propositions.

Market Review

Corporate activity spiced up by variety

Philip Carse, Analyst at, reports on the trading performance of leading companies in the comms space during the last quarter.

Business in Focus

US giant Edgewater Networks targets Europe

Edgewater Networks is bidding to become a major European player in the UC market as demand for Network Edge Orchestration booms, according to CEO David Norman.

Company in Focus

Connectivity status quo challenged

There is now no doubt as to what Entanet CEO Elsa Chen stands for following the wholesale service provider's acquisition by CityFibre, as she deftly forges a challenger brand while remaining true to long held core values, services and partnerships.

Case Study

Countdown to GDPR: Here's your priority checklist

With many channel businesses still caught in the GDPR headlights, tech, telecoms and Internet lawyer at decoded:Legal Neil Brown provides a risk-based approach to preparing for the new data protection rules which come into force in May.

Business Profile

Wrennall’s digitalisation campaign in full Advance

Former China White rock band member Jon Wrennall switched keyboards in the late 1980s when he embarked on a chart topping career in IT. Right now, the much celebrated CTO is currently ‘on tour' spearheading Datchet-headquartered Advanced and the UK's bid to become lead players on the world's digital transformation stage.

News Feature

Fully charged up for wireless business

Intel-backed foundational wireless charging solution provider Chargifi is a prime mover in the emerging wireless charging sector, and partnerships in the ICT channel are key to its expansion strategy in the UK and Europe, explains co-founder and CEO Dan Bladen.

Recruitment Focus

Why future recruitment will be all about data

OK, I’ve got to say GDPR, but I’m not here to sell expensive consultancy to bring back all those dreadful memories of BS5750 and Y2K, writes Clive Jefferys of telecoms recruiter JMA Network.

News Interview

Gamma CEO Bob Falconer poised to step down

Gamma CEO Bob Falconer is stepping down following a stellar career in which his achievements are universally accepted as beyond admiral and equal only to his passion for the channel and dedication to partners.


Special Feature

Solving the ever complex connectivity equation

With a complex array of high bandwidth Ethernet,, FTTP, SD WAN and more besides, all made more complex by variations in cost, capabilities and coverage, how can we do the maths and provide customers with the connectivity they need without confusing them and ourselves?