The newly listed "alternate service provider" Newcall has entered a conditional option to buy one of Auckland's longest established ISPs, Iprolink.
Newcall's managing director Norman Nicholls said yesterday the acquisition of the privately-held Iprolink would allow Newcall to become "a complete Web-enabled telco, one of only three in New Zealand to offer the complete range of telecommunications solutions, including Internet, mobile, tolls, calling cards and e-commerce.
"We are particularly attracted to Iprolink's niche client base of small to medium sized businesses throughout New Zealand. This fits our target market perfectly and will enable Newcall to extend its product range even further.
"Through Iprolink our customers will receive the benefits of a new generation telco as well as an Internet solution with the one telecommunications company. Iprolink will also enable us to offer an enhanced range of value added services, including Web design and Web hosting so that our customers will have the products and services that meet the needs of modern businesses."
Prolink managing director Jim Benson said in making the offer Newcall stood to gain not only his company's Internet expertise but "one of the most successful sales and marketing teams in the industry".
The option period will remain open until 20 December. Details of the option price and conditions remain confidential. The purchase would be settled by a combination of cash and shares in the Newcall Group.
Newcall last week announced the completion of its transition to a listed telecommunications company. Its change of balanced date to December 31 was the last formal step in its move from its former identity as the New Zealand Salmon Company.
Newcall says it is currently installing strategically placed switching nodes throughout New .