Nezar Mohammed Al Saie and Veer Passi
Bahrain’s Kalaam Telecom acquires Lightspeed
Manama, April 15, 2014
Kalaam Telecom, a top telecom provider in Bahrain is acquiring Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Jordan Telecommunications, which would make Kalaam the second-largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) for fixed business broadband in the Kingdom.
Kalaam has strategically increased its fixed (wired) business broadband market share to 17 per cent and now has a cumulative client-base of more than 4,000 customers across all business segments.
The announcement was made by Nezar Mohammed Al Saie, chairman of Kalaam Telecom, during a press conference held at the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, following approval from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
This is the first Merger and Acquisition (M&A) transaction in Bahrain’s telecom history, with Kalaam leading this consolidation initiative.
Al Saie said: “This strategic acquisition of Lightspeed Communications is a significant milestone for Kalaam that demonstrates our commitment to the telecom industry. We have taken the lead in the consolidation process in the country’s telecom industry and reiterate our confidence in the future of Bahrain’s economy.”
“Accelerating our growth plans is a top priority. With the acquisition, Kalaam’s revenues stand to immediately double and provide significant profitability.
“This transaction will augment our ability to offer best-in-class products and solutions in the Bahrain and allow Kalaam to embark towards realising our strategic vision to be a leading Internet Service Provider in Bahrain as well as a major player in the region within the next 3 years. By ensuring long-term sustainability, providing excellent services to our customers and strong returns to our shareholders, we look forward to further invest in Bahrain’s telecom sector,” he added.
Veer Passi, chief executive officer at Kalaam Telecom said: “With this acquisition, we believe that Kalaam is on a very successful trajectory. Since 2006, Kalaam has been providing superior service and value to our customers and has created long-standing relationships based on customer satisfaction.”
“This is reflected in the company maintaining a customer retention rate of 98 per cent over the past 8 years. We are confident that by integrating our culture, products and consolidating our operations with the professionally-run and profitable company, such as Lightspeed Communications, we can broaden our customer base across all business segments.”
“Customers of the new combined entity will include some of the largest blue chip financial institutions and banks, private sector companies, government entities, residential customers and SMEs who will have access to both Lightspeed and Kalaam’s product offerings and excellent dedicated personalized customer service,” Passi continued.
“As a result Kalaam will be able to provide potential and existing customers with the most comprehensive suite of best-in-class products to meet their local and international voice and data telecom needs. We look forward to the smooth integration of the combined businesses,” he added.
Despite the dynamic market changes in the local telecom industry, Kalaam has been successful in growing its market share regardless over the past eight years. This acquisition is another major milestone in line with the company’s long term strategic vision.
Launched in 2006, Kalaam Telecom is the leading alternative telecom operator, offering voice and data solutions for corporate businesses in the Bahrain. Kalaam’s inBusiness products and services range include business broadband, national data connectivity, international data connectivity, business international calling and toll-free service and ICT solutions. – TradeArabia News Service