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Zajil Telecom acquired by Kalaam Telecom to create $100m technology solutions company to drive GCC digital transformation

Bahrain’s Kalaam Telecom acquires Kuwaiti ISP leader Zajil Telecom to become one of the top three ISP providers in GCC

Zajil Telecom will continue to offer outstanding service to customers in Kuwait and beyond, backed by regional leader in ICT services

ICT solutions provider Zajil International Telecom Co. (KSCC) and Gulfnet International Company-KEMS, Kuwait’s first Internet Service Provider (ISP), has been acquired by Kalaam Telecom, Bahrain’s leading technology solutions provider, with the aim of creating a regional powerhouse, which will drive digital transformation in the GCC region and beyond.

The acquisition will create a combined entity with revenue of US$100 million, offering its customers premium, value-added, end-to-end telecommunications solutions that are innovative, agile, and reliable. Zajil’s existing corporate customer base will now have access to a broad range of ICT, digital services, and internet connectivity solutions, as well as Kalaam’s specialized consulting and industry specific solutions in banking, oil & gas, retail, telecommunications, and transportation verticals.

Nezar Al Saie, Chairman of Kalaam Telecom, said: “Kalaam’s acquisition of Zajil Telecom is a testament to our ambitious, resilient growth strategy. Despite the economic challenges that hit the world and our region, Kalaam has sustained its robust organic and acquisition-led expansion plans. We are delighted to acquire Zajil, which is hailed as the leading ISP in Kuwait with a solid customer portfolio, encompassing some of the most prominent enterprises and government institutions. We are proud of the expansion of Kalaam Telecom shareholders, with the addition of some of the most prominent businessmen in the Gulf region. The acquisition empowers Kalaam to become one of the three largest independent ISPs in the Middle East, and the only one with regional presence in different countries.

“This acquisition is underpinned by our continuous efforts to strengthen our innovative enterprise solutions by investing heavily in cementing our regional digital infrastructure. With the integration of Zajil Telecom into our wider group, Kalaam is boosting its reliable, premium offering of disruptive industry technologies to its current and prospect customers,” he added.

“Thanks to the loyal support of the customers of Zajil Telecom and KEMS over the past 30 years, we have grown to become a recognized leader in IT and communications services in the MENA region. With the acquisition by Kalaam Telecom, Zajil will be able to expand its enterprise solutions portfolio and will continue to deliver exceptional service and value that our corporate, SMB and consumer customers have come to expect, backed with the international presence and investments that the combined company will bring to market,” said Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman, Zajil Telecom.

“Kalaam with its latest terrestrial cable system, KNOT (Kalaam Network Optical Transit), which lands in Kuwait and connects all GCC countries, will allow low latency and ultra-fast connectivity options to the enterprise customers of Zajil and other telcos in Kuwait.

The company will leverage its existing partnership with hyperscalers with likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other private cloud players, to offer direct connectivity and an integrated solution for customers in Kuwait through KEMS.

Moreover, the combined network will also provide footprint in 25 countries in MENA, Europe, US and Asia with 53 fully owned Point of Presence (PoPs) to deliver all product lines, including capacity, DIA, managed solutions, SD-WAN, security and more.” said Veer Passi, CEO, Kalaam Telecom.

“Given the ever-growing need for international reach, ICT and internet for the enterprise segment in Kuwait, the market offers significant organic growth potential. With the acquisition of Zajil, which was the first ISP established in Kuwait in 1991, Kalaam is adding to its group yet another access to a vast market share in terms of corporate customers and Multi-National Corporations. The company’s premium offering of value-added solutions, in addition to its solid infrastructure and reach, will significantly improve the Kuwaiti customers experience, and consequently strengthen customers loyalty. This acquisition signals yet another milestone for Kalaam on its route to become a regional leader, with its unrivalled focus on supporting enterprises with specialized, flexible solutions,” said Yousif Ahmed, Ex COO of Gulfnet, Kuwait.

“Corporate customers today require innovative solutions that attend to their continuously evolving business needs, which is where a focused telecom solution provider such as Kalaam comes into play to respond quickly to enterprises with a fully tailored approach. Kalaam’s presence in multiple countries makes it uniquely situated to be the one stop digital solutions provider and a preferred partner to regional and international customers,” said Javier Alvarez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Delta Partners, the leading telecom management consultancy firm.

 

Kalaam Telecom (Kalaam) is a leading provider of ICT services and connectivity solutions, serving SME’s, enterprise, telecoms carriers and wholesale telecoms businesses in the GCC.

Headquartered in Bahrain, and with offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Jordan, and UK, Kalaam has pioneered ISP solutions, connectivity and digital transformation in the GCC for over 16 years. Kalaam provides a portfolio of cutting-edge digital solutions that are tailored to the needs of customers of all sizes in key markets and verticals across the region, including BFSI, education, government, hospitality, healthcare, retail and more.

Following the acquisition of Zajil, the combined entity operates a network of 53 Points of Presence (PoPs) across 25 countries. Kalaam’s fully owned terrestrial cable system, Kalaam Network Optical Transit (KNOT), which is spanning Kuwait, Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Qatar; is now coupled with consortium ownership in undersea cable Europe-India Gateway (EIG), a 15,000km international fiber-optic submarine cable system covering 12 countries from India and the Middle East to Europe. Through this extensive network, Kalaam is uniquely placed to serve international and regional telecom carriers and enterprises.