Aqua Comms Acquires Openbyte Infrastructure Private

Aqua Comms, a provider of global subsea connectivity services, has acquired Openbyte Infrastructure Private Ltd., an India-based licensed telecom company focused on providing neutral, open-access landing solutions for submarine cables.

Submarine cables form the bedrock of international telecommunications and data infrastructure on which much of the modern economy runs, and Aqua Comms and Openbyte share a vision to make the benefits of such investments accessible to all in a neutral and cost-effective manner.

Key to the acquisition is the appointment of Amit Vyas as CEO, of India and Regional Chief Business Development Officer for Aqua Comms. Vyas be supported by Neeraj Katiyar, CTO, India and Chief Global Architect for Subsea Cables, who will be responsible for the technical aspects of regional projects.

Vyas said “Openbyte was founded to provide cost-effective, open-access solutions to make submarine cable capacity accessible to all interested stakeholders, enhance the digital infrastructure of the country and eliminate bottlenecks. … Over the next five to seven years the international digital infrastructure in India will be greatly enhanced and we at Aqua Comms will be at the forefront of bringing out this change for the better.”

Meantime, Nigel Bayliff, CEO of Aqua Comms said, “This is an important acquisition as we continue to execute our plans to expand the Aqua Comms business into new geographies and as we build out our global network. Amit and Neeraj are well-recognized industry professionals and bring with them rich global experience, particularly in India, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. We welcome them to the Aqua Comms family and look forward to doing some great work together.”

Alan Harper, Chairman of Aqua Comms added “Aqua Comms’ goal is to address the needs of its customers by investing in global subsea infrastructure and this acquisition will help to establish it as a leader in providing global subsea capacity, whilst retaining the core principle of neutrality in its service offering.  With our investment in EMIC-1, we are committed to the Indian market, a cornerstone of our ambitious global expansion plans.  I’m excited for future developments as we continue to expand across this region and beyond.”

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