Arrow bolsters SD-WAN offering with UK-tec acquisition


Arrow Business Communications has announced the acquisition of managed service solutions provider UK-tec for an undisclosed fee.

The move, which marks Arrow's second acquisition of 2021, provides the Godalming-based firm with access to a range of network and security products and services, including SD-WAN and managed services. The company also gains UK-tec’s extensive experience in delivering services via the UK channel.

Richard Burke, CEO of Arrow Business Communications, said the business had been looking to expand its SD-WAN capabilities and bolster its channel operations.

“As a Group we have been looking to accelerate the development of our SD-WAN, complex networking and wider channel offering,” he explained. “Bringing the UK-tec business into the Group significantly enhances our capability in all of these areas, with the team providing strong technical leadership and experience that will benefit both the Arrow Group and its Channel partners.

“I am excited about what we can achieve together with our combined product portfolio in the coming years and delighted to complete the acquisition.”

The move marks the next phase in the Arrow’s expansion plans, following a £50 million private equity investment from MML Capital Partners back in January 2020. The firm snapped up Complete Networks back in March, as well as its prior acquisitions of Altinet and MSP Click.

Founded just last year by Ian Jackson, Matt Johnson and Ed Davison, UK-tec counts Fortinet, Juniper Networks and Virtual1 among its vendor partners. It also provides security, network and SD-WAN managed services for channel partners such as TalkTalk Business and Orion 247.

“The acquisition advances our strategy by at least 2 years,” commented Ian Jackson, co-founder and CEO of UK-tec. “Being part of the Arrow group provides us with the structure and capability to support the UK-Channel with a range of services allowing them to flex and react to the needs of their customers as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

“We are extremely pleased to be a part of the Arrow Group and excited about the future”

Daniel Todd

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