NZ’s first Internet provider purchased by fastest growing
NZ’s first Internet provider purchased by NZ’s fastest growing company
Voyager Internet (Winner of the 2014 Deloitte Fast 50 as NZ’s fastest growing company) has announced that it is purchasing Wellington based Actrix, which was, in 1989, the first company to sell commercial Internet access in New Zealand.
The deal, effective 31st October 2016, will add 10,000 mainly residential broadband customers to the Voyager customer base. With the addition of 20 Actrix staff in Wellington, Voyager will now have Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices, over 60 staff in total, and combined group revenues of $24m per year.
“Whilst the larger players tend to dominate the Telecommunications landscape in New Zealand, we believe that there is a market for a small and friendly Kiwi telecommunications company. We are focused on service, on employing New Zealanders, on having a New Zealand based helpdesk and support staff, and on treating people like people and not like numbers,” says Seeby Woodhouse, Voyager CEO and Internet Entrepreneur.
Voyager was started by Woodhouse in 2011, and has until now mainly focused on specialist areas of the Telecommunications market such as Domain Names, Cloud Services, High end business connections and Wholesale ISP services. “The acquisition of Actrix will allow us to more closely connect with New Zealand consumers, and provides economies of scale that will allow us to compete more aggressively,” Woodhouse says.
Customers will benefit from the combined strengths of both Companies. Actrix has an award winning helpdesk, often coming up tops in Consumer Magazine customer satisfaction awards, and Voyager has a wide range of services and history of technical innovation.
Voyager has previously acquired a number of other Internet companies in NZ (including Net24, 1stDomains, Register Direct, Expired Domains, C-Talk and Digital Genus) and the addition of Actrix will inject further growth and increased market share.