AIMS Group Acquires Jaring Network and Customer Assets
The AIMS Group, Southeast Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data services provider, today announced that it has secured the bid to acquire the data centre and network related customer assets ofJaring Communications Sdn Bhd (‘Jaring’).
Under the acquisition, AIMS will also attain the rights to Jaring’s IPv4 Addresses and all of Jaring’s existing customers related to Data Centre, Broadband and Access, Cloud and Managed Services.
The estimated total value of these unexpired contracts are over RM50 million.
AIMS Group Chief Operating Officer Mohammad Azman says, “AIMS was awarded Jaring’s assets based on a balance of many factors – in terms of price, product portfolio, experience and skilled resources to fast track the necessary migrations between AIMS and the acquired Jaring operations.”
He also highlighted the data centre would also leverage its unique ‘carrier neutral’ position to ensure smooth migration of services for Jaring’s customers.
Price War Hurting the Industry
Earlier on 8th May 2015, Jaring was placed into liquidation on High Court order, with KPMG Deal Advisory Sdn Bhd (KPMG) tasked to head the liquidation with the objective of securing the ‘best deal’ for Jaring and its creditors.
Azman draws example of the demise of country’s first Internet Service Provider (ISP) as a reality check on the current unhealthy state of the local data centre market.
“Just over the last few months, we have seen both Patimas and Jaring face liquidation and their customers facing operational risk and being forced to migrate their infrastructure to alternative service providers. This actually marks a worrying trend, which can be directly attributed to the high number of players in the market – that is forcing many services providers to move into a price war to attract customers.”
He says that while the price wars may seem as benefitting end customers, it is both the service providers and their customers that will be suffering in the longer run. “This imbalance caused by oversupply of space in the Malaysian data centre industry and depressed price levels is driving out some of the players, forcing some to shut down their operations.”
However despite the cut throat situation, Azman assures that with the right business model, strategic positioning and partnerships, “…the AIMS Group will continue to display financial resilience and is well positioned to continue growing its revenue and market share and expand it data centre footprint both locally and within the region.”
As it is, AIMS’ data centre space located at Menara AIMS in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, is currently almost fully 100% utilised. In order to cater to its newly acquired assets, such as Jaring, AIMS plans to add another 10,000 sq feet space to its Kuala Lumpur facility. Additionally, AIMS also operates data centres in Cyberjaya, Johor, Singapore, Penang and Sabah.
“The Group’s decision to selectively acquire Jaring assets was carefully deliberated upon. We are very confident that AIMS will be able to optimise the purchase of assets from Jaring for our customers, as well as for the betterment of the data centre sector in Malaysia,” ends Azman.
AIMS will be contacting customers in due time to ensure fast and smooth migration before the Jaring service termination deadline of 22 August 2015.
About AIMS Group of Companies (AIMS)
The AIMS Group (AIMS) is Malaysia and South East Asia’s leading carrier-neutral data centre operator and managed services provider. Located in the central business district of Kuala Lumpur and Cyberjaya, AIMS provides international class data storage facilities and ancillary services, augmented by an unrivalled platform for inter-connectivity; AIMS is one of the most interconnected sites in Malaysia and SEA. Besides its main datacentre in Menara AIMS, AIMS also operates datacentres in Cyberjaya, Johor, Singapore, Penang and Sabah. The AIMS Group was awarded the ‘Best Data Centre Engagement of The Year’ by Outsourcing Malaysia in 2011 and the Frost & Sullivan “Data Centre Services Provider of the Year” award in 2014. For more information on AIMS, visit www.aims.com.my