MeetingZone Expands UC Offering with Acquisition of Microsoft UC Specialist Atia

Thame, Oxon, UK: 25 March 2013 - MeetingZone, the global independent audio and web conferencing and collaboration service provider, has acquired Atia Communications a leading provider of Unified Communications (UC) services and one of the first Microsoft Lync accredited specialists.

"This is MeetingZone’s third acquisition in eighteen months and demonstrates our commitment, following our own acquisition by GMT Communications Partners, to become a major European UC provider," explained Steve Gandy, MeetingZone's CEO.

The acquisition enables MeetingZone to build on its UC portfolio of products and services to address the rapidly growing market with Microsoft Lync solutions in addition to its current capability to deliver UC via Cisco’s WebEx range of services.

"This makes perfect sense for all parties concerned. MeetingZone is currently providing UC solutions adding our high quality service wrap to the Cisco WebEx suite of products for a wide range of customers for whom an enterprise solution is the best approach," commented Gandy. "Our acquisition of Atia complements this by broadening our UC offering enabling us to provide Microsoft solutions such as Lync for those customers that wish to embrace UC by building on their Microsoft platform."

Patrick Copping, Atia’s Commercial Director, added: "MeetingZone’s unique service infrastructure and excellent back end processes will enable Atia to scale up and grow much faster. It also gives us a global platform from which to greatly accelerate the development of our business in order to meet increasing demand for UC solutions from our existing and potential customers."

Initially Atia will retain its own identity and brand, but both MeetingZone and Atia will be actively promoting each other’s services.

MeetingZone’s shareholders include senior management and GMT Communications Partners, an independent TMT focused private equity group who have actively invested in the European marketplace for the past 20 years.

About MeetingZone
MeetingZone, an independent conferencing and collaboration service provider, delivers easy to use, cost effective, high performance, personalised integrated audio and web conferencing services to global organisations of all sizes, across all business sectors. MeetingZone’s solutions improve internal and external business communications by quickly and easily bringing together remotely located people into the same conference call. MeetingZone’s HQ is located at Thame, Oxford, UK and has operations in Europe and North America.
For more information: http://www.meetingzone.com

Contact for MeetingZone
Sarah Chidgey, PR Consultant: sarah@chidgeypr.co.uk – Mobile: +44 (0)7795 288302
Simon Lubin, Head of Marketing, MeetingZone: simon.lubin@meetingzone.com – Tel: +44 (0)1844 265500

About Atia Communications
Atia Communications has been established for 7 years as the leading Unified Communications (UC) specialist in the UK for deployment and support of Windows Telephony and Collaboration. Atia remains one of the first Microsoft Lync accredited mid-market UC specialists, dedicated to the delivery, integration and expansion of Windows based Unified Communications. Our entire business remains focused on the education, sale, implementation and support of Windows IP telephony solutions and its integration and connectivity with complimentary services.

Contact for Atia Communications
Patrick.Copping@atiacomms.com - +44 (0) 2920 022204

About GMT Communications Partners
GMT Communications Partners is a European independent private equity group focused exclusively on the media, information, entertainment and telecommunications industries, having actively invested in the European marketplace for the past 20 years.
As industry practitioners, GMT focuses heavily on developing new strategic directions for established businesses that are able to benefit from new communication technologies. Since inception in 1993, GMT has raised and invested €775 million in 31 companies across 19 countries, exclusively in the European TMT industry.
For more information: www.gmtpartners.com

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