Comcast, the US corporate behemoth that owns media networks Sky and NBC, has bought Irish cloud-based telecommunications provider, Blueface, for an undisclosed sum. The globally-focused Irish company will join the US group’s Comcast Business division, which sells services to corporate clients.
The deal, signed last Friday, unwinds Blueface’s tie-up with US-based fellow cloud telecoms company Star2Star, with which it merged two years ago to create StarBlue. Star2Star was owned by US businessman Norm Worthington.
The US and Irish companies had continued to operate independently after the merger, but under the common ownership of StarBlue as a holding company. The parent was majority controlled by Mr Worthington as his business was the senior partner in the merger. Starblue’s shareholders also include the Irish consortium that had owned Blueface, with members such as Edward Guinness, also known as the Earl of Iveagh.