No holiday-blues as Star2Star and Blueface announce merger

Blueface, the Dublin based European wide Cloud Communications provider, and Star2Star, one of North America’s leading Hybrid Cloud Communications companies, announced their merger today. The new company, titled “StarBlue”, states that it will be one of the top 5 global providers of Cloud Communications. Following the acquisition of Mtel by Evolve IP over the summer, the “StarBlue” merger comes at a time of increasing M&A activity between Europe and the United States.

Set to operate under their established names within their respective markets, the company will be able to offer a combination of “the best of proprietary UCaaS technology with expansive geographic distribution, capability and reach” according to Alan Foy (Group CEO, Star2Star & Blueface). Implying grand plans for the near future, “there will be no change in branding or in the preservation of vital relationships” across both companies, he continues.

The merger follows a successful year for Blueface, having received an award for 2017 Internet Telephony Product of the Year by TMC Magazine, as well as being shortlisted for the Business and Finance Company of the Year 2017 and an International Category Finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017. It will be interesting to see whether this success can be continued through newly gained access to the North American market, and whether it will open the door for further European-wide Cloud Communications providers to follow suit.

Matt Townend, Director of Research and Consulting at the Cavell Group, states:

“This merger again recognises the importance of having an international operation to serve future customer’s needs, and is but one of many transatlantic and European mergers Cavell understands will happen this year.

Cavell has been working with the Blueface team for over 7 years and thinks the combination of Alans’ leadership with the strong marriage of the Star2Star and Blueface teams will lead them to be a real global contender”

Norman Worthington, former CEO and now Executive Chairman of the new group, expressed his excitement, highlighting plans to “challenge the marketplace with an unrivalled full [product] spectrum offering, ranging from hybrid to hosted, with an array of value added features and services”. This merger draws together twelve months of major vendor and service provider consolidation throughout 2017, making 2018 an exciting year for the Global Cloud Communications market.

If you want to find out more, Alan Foy will be speaking alongside Matt Townend at the upcoming CCA meeting in Miami, as well as at Cavell’s Cloud Communication Summit in London on March 8th. For further details, please visit the event page on our website.