Rogers Communications Acquires BLACKIRON Data to Expand Data Centre and
Cloud-Based Business Solutions
TORONTO, April 17, 2013
The addition of eight state-of-the art data centre facilities in five major
metros across Canada significantly enhances Rogers Business Solutions'
capacity and capabilities
TORONTO, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Rogers Communications announced today
that it has purchased BLACKIRON Data from Primus Telecommunications Group for
cash consideration of $200 million, subject to certain adjustments. BLACKIRON
Data, a pure-play provider of data centre and cloud computing services in
Canada with approximately 4,000 customers.
The purchase of BLACKIRON Data enables Rogers Business Solutions' to enhance
its suite of enterprise-level data centre and cloud computing services along
with Canada's leading fibre-based network connectivity services. Canadian
businesses will benefit from a single provider able to ensure end-to-end
security and reliability of mission-critical business applications.
In 2012, BLACKIRON Data reported revenue of US$33.7 million and EBITDA of
US$13.0 million. In addition, the business recently opened a state-of-the-art
Tier III design and construction certified data centre in Markham, Ontario
providing the capacity to readily expand current operations by more than 45
"The cloud continues to enable businesses to innovate and evolve in a dynamic
market. This acquisition presents Rogers with a significant growth opportunity
in the business-to-business market that aligns with our overall enterprise
strategy," said Terry Canning- SVP Rogers Business Solutions, "BLACKIRON
brings an experienced and skilled team of professionals to advance data centre
and cloud business services and we are pleased to welcome BLACKIRON's 132
employees to the Rogers team."
BLACKIRON is a strong facilities-based national player with eight data centre
facilities in five major cities across Canada including Toronto, Ottawa,
London, Edmonton and Vancouver. Over the past fifteen years, BLACKIRON Data
has constructed maintained and upgraded state-of-the-art and largely
expandable facilities to service thousands of businesses across Canada. Today,
the organization's eight data centres are located within 200 km of 80 percent
of all Canadian businesses supporting the rapidly growing need for hosted and
"We are extremely proud of BLACKIRON's employee contribution in building this
great company," said AJ Byers, President, BLACKIRON Data. "As part of Rogers
Business Solutions going forward, we are confident that BLACKIRON will
continue to grow and flourish as a customer-focused and best-in-class data
centre and cloud-based services provider".
Rogers Business Solutions (RBS), a division of Rogers Communications, provides
Canadian enterprises and partners with network connectivity using its fibre,
cable and wireless assets to support a range of leading-edge voice, data and
networking services solution. Rogers Business Solutions owns and operates a
transcontinental network with a 100 percent digital fibre optic backbone and
strategic interconnect points to the United States and overseas for seamless,
cross-border and international coverage. With an extensive customer base
including commercial, government and financial enterprises, RBS offers
scalable business communications services backed by a team of industry leading
To learn more about Rogers Business Solutions, visit
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable
television, high-speed Internet and telephony. Through Rogers Media we are
engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines
and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are
publicly traded on theTorontoStock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.
Allison Fitton, Rogers Communications
Bruce M. Mann, Rogers Communications
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