Digital Colony, which entered the UK market in August, has expanded its digital infrastructure platform with the acquisition of Open Cell.
The mobile and internet infrastructure investor said its affiliate has acquired Open Cell for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was funded by Digital Colony’s existing equity commitment to its UK in-building wireless platform.
Open Cell provides multi-operator indoor coverage for a variety of UK customers, building types and sizes.
The company said it plans to merge the Open Cell business with Stratto, which was acquired a couple of moths ago. Open Cell’s owners/management will become shareholders in the combined company, while Digital Colony will remain the majority shareholder.
Richard Bourne, the Chief Executive Officer of Stratto, said: ”Open Cell has an excellent reputation in the industry for providing innovative small cell solutions to its diverse customer base across various building types.
“Our two businesses and product sets are highly complementary and combining them will allow us to benefit from and strengthen each other’s relationships with the mobile operators as we look to expand our customer base and deliver a broader range of small cell and DAS solutions.”
Graham Payne, CEO of Open Cell, said: “The combined experience of Open Cell and Stratto, along with Digital Colony’s operational execution track record, will allow us to deliver more solutions ensuring you’ve got network.
“We are excited to be working with the Stratto team and collectively enter the next phase of our growth.”
Marc Ganzi, a managing partner of Digital Colony, said: “Our goal from day one has been to build the leading digital infrastructure platform that delivers exceptional indoor and outdoor network solutions to the mobile network operators in the UK.
“Combining Open Cell’s capabilities and active networks with the Stratto platform helps us accelerate those goals.”
Digital Colony is a joint venture between the digital infrastructure firm Digital Bridge Holdings and US real estate investor Colony NorthStar.