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KCOM ties up three key developments

KCOM has marked the second anniversary of its rebrand as a cloud-focused IT and communications company with key developments including being selected as an AWS Well-Architected Review partner, enabling KCOM to review and remediate customers' critical workloads through a consistent and repeatable AWS framework.

STL Communications acquires local firm SolveIT

Witney-based STL Communications has acquired local IT firm SolveIT Solutions for an undisclosed sum. SolveIT staff will now be housed at STL's Park House HQ

Commsworld hits £15m in best year yet

Scottish comms provider Commsworld witnessed a 15% hike in revenue to £15m in its 2017 financial results, its strongest performance to date driven by a number of large public sector contract wins including work on ICT contracts for the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Borders Council.

Plantronics to acquire Polycom in $2bn deal

Plantronics is to acquire Polycom in a cash and stock transaction valued at $2bn. The deal is expected to close by the end of Q3 2018 and gives Plantronics a far broader portfolio of complementary products and services as it targets the $39.9bn UC&C industry where video and audio are most prominent.

9 Partners restructures sales team into three tiers

Following a review of partner support requirements 9 Partners (formerly Nine Wholesale) has restructured its sales team from one to three tiers - Partner Management, Technical Sales and Mobile Sales.

Wholesale network operator Elite expands nationwide footprint

Wholesale network operator Elite has embarked on a 100,000 post code exchange roll out, kicking off in London.

"The decision to expand our footprint nationwide, starting in London, reflects where the market is heading," said CEO David Simmons.

FarrPoint helps secure £28.5m full fibre funding for local networks

Consultancy services provided by FarrPoint catalysed a number of successful bids to fund full fibre connectivity in the Highland Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) regions, with a combined value of £28.5m.

Qunifi targets channel with Office 365 integrated PBX

Former SBL Group subsidiary Qunifi is targeting the channel market with its OneVoice cloud-based PBX system, promising partners a 50% margin opportunity.

The Office 365 integrated PBX includes Skype-for-Business and according to Qunifi CEO Mark Herbert the partner base has grown by 350% over the first six months.

Elite Group appoints Sims as Director for Strategy & Business Transformation

The appointment of Rob Sims to Elite Group's board as Director for Strategy & Business Transformation marks the start of a cross-business review and business planning revamp, according to founder Matt Newing.

Stone Ventures backed SBL Group merges with QDOS

SBL Group investor Stone Ventures has backed QDOS Communications as the two businesses merge to form a £10m turnover company operating under the brand QDOS SBL Group with bases in Ipswich, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Washington DC.

Key markets for both businesses are the global hospitality and restaurant sectors along with SME and enterprise customers.

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