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NTT Communications reportedly in talks to acquire German data center operator e-shelter facility services GmbH

NTT Communications to continue global expansion

e-shelter offers about 90,000 square meters of data center space in 9 locations

NTT Communications is reported by Nikkei to be in negotiations to acquire Frankfurt based e-shelter facility services GmbH for approximately YEN 100 billion (US$ 840 million).

NTT Communications acquisition is driven by the need to grow outside of Japan, and by the need to offer global services.

e-shelter facility services GmbH

e-shelter facility services GmbH was founded in 2000, and offers 90,000 square meters of data center space in 9 locations across Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

e-shelter data centers

NTT Communications

NTT Communications was created with the privatization of NTT, which is formerly was Japan’s domestic monopoly telecommunications operator (KDD was had the monopoly for overseas telecommunications from Japan).

NTT Communications started globalization with the acquisition of US internet access, hosting and service provider VERIO for a approximately US$ 5.5 billion, announced on May 8, 2000.

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Integralis acquired by NTT Communications creating NTT Com Security AG

NTT Communications acquired 78.4% of Integralis AG which is renamed NTT Com Security AG

by Gerhard Fasol

Managed Security Services (MSS): Greschitz IT Security and Secode AB join NTT Com Security AG

On June 30, 2009, NTT Communications announced a public tender offer for the shares of Integralis AG offering € 6.75 in cash per share. Integralis at that point was traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Xetra).

In October NTT Communications acquired 78.4% of Integralis AG at a cost of € 59.1 million, to offer managed security services.

Integralis AG

The company was founded on 19 July 1993 as “Articon Fertigungsleitsysteme GmbH”, Articon Information Systems AG had IPO on the German Neuer Markt in 1998.

Integralis Ltd was founded in 1989.

On 29 February 2000, Articon Fertigungsleitsysteme GmbH and Integralis Ltd merged, and the resulting company was Articon-Integralis AG.

Integralis renamed NTT Com Security AG

On 24 June 2013, Integralis AG was renamed NTT Com Security AG.

NTT Com Security AG

NTT Com Security AG is a listed company, and the company’s shares are traded in the m:access segment of the open market of the Munich Stock Exchange. There are 13,036,844 outstanding shares.

Share holding (according to NTT Com Security AG website):

  • 78.30% NTT Communications Corporation
  • 2.31% treasury stock
  • 19.39% free float

NTT Com Security AG / Integralis acquires Austrian Greschitz IT Security

Thomas Greschitz founded Greschitz IT Security 1995 to focus on internet security, in particular Check Point firewall systems in Graz. 2000 the company moved from Graz to Vienna.

2007 Thomas Greschitz founded the company Greschitz Management GmbH.

2008 Thomas Greschitz sells Greschitz IT Security to Integralis AG.

2010 Thomas Greschitz leaves Greschitz IT Security to focus fully on Greschitz Management GmbH.

NTT Com Security AG acquires Swedish Secode AB

On August 11, 2010, NTT Communications Corporation announced the acquisition of all shares of Secode AB, a managed security services (MSS) provider operating in the Nordic countries. Secode AB’s security operation centers (SOCs) were folded into NTT Communications network of SOCs.

On December 1, 2011, NTT Communications transferred the shareholding in Secode AB to Integralis AG (today’s NTT Com Security AG), making Secode AB a fully owned subsidiary or Integralis AG (Today NTT Com Security AG).

Secode AB become part of NTT Com Security AG.

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Arkadin’s [enjoy sharing] 91.2% AXA stake to be sold to NTT Communications

Arkadin International SAS valued at approx. US$ 463 million

Collaboration-as-a-Service (CaaS)

On August 5, 2013, NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced that it will acquire 91.2% of the shares of the French conference and collaboration specialist Arkadin International SAS from current investors AXA Private Equity (now: Ardian Investment) and other investors.

The valuation is estimated at approximately US$ 463 million.

After the sale of 91.2% to NTT Communications, ownership will be as follows:

  • 91.2% NTT Communications
  • 8.8% management

Arkadin International SAS [enjoy sharing] – Collaboration-as-a-Service (CaaS)

Arkadin International SAS is one of the world’s largest providers of audio, web, video conferencing and unified communications services.

The company was founded in 2001 by Olivier de Puymorin, and today serves about 37,000 customers in 32 countries.

NTT Communications Corporation (エヌ・ティ・ティ・コミュニケーションズ株式会社)

NTT Communications Corporation (エヌ・ティ・ティ・コミュニケーションズ株式会社) is a fully owned subsidiary of NTT Corporation, Japan’s incumbent telecommunications group.

NTT Communications offers a wide range of data services, data centers, global communications services both in Japan and globally. Main data are:

  • 8000 employees
  • revenues: 981 billion yen (US$ 8 billion)

For a comprehensive analysis of Japan’s telecom industry sector see our Report on Japan’s telecommunications industry.

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