center3 announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CMC Networks. The acquisition aligns with center3's strategic vision for growth and expansion in the Middle East and African markets.

Inaugurated in October 2022, center3 is a wholly owned subsidiary of stc Group, as the owner of digital infrastructure assets owned by stc Group, including data centers, submarine cables, international points of presence, and internet exchange points.

Prior to the establishment of centers, stc Group launched “MENA Hub” initiative to establish a major digital hub for the Middle East and North Africa with an investment of US$1 billion. The MENA Hub initiative was converted later into center3 company.

center3 has participated in some great infrastructure projects in the region, such as 2Africa, and East to Med Corridor (EMC) which connects Europe and Asia via Greece and Saudi Arabia.

stc Mena Hub Initiative
stc Mena Hub Initiative

 

Headquartered in South Africa, CMC Networks is a global service provider offering market leading networking solutions across Africa and the Middle East. CMC Networks operates across more than 110 service locations with a cost-effective, scalable, and resilient data communications network. It has the largest pan-African network servicing 51 out of 54 countries in Africa and 12 countries in the Middle East, plus regional hubs in key interconnect locations across Europe, the Americas, and Asia Pacific.

The acquisition aligns with center3’s strategic vision for growth and expansion in the Middle East and African markets. It represents a significant step in the company’s journey to extend its market presence and enhance its offerings in this dynamic and rapidly growing region.

CMC Networks is being acquired from the Carlyle Sub-Saharan Africa Fund (“CSSAF”). In 2020, the CSSAF team formed a separate private equity firm, Alterra Capital Partners (“Alterra”), which continues to advise CSSAF’s investments including CMC Networks.

Fahad Alhajeri, CEO at center3, said:
"This acquisition is a landmark moment for center3. CMC’s enviable global footprint, high value customer base and portfolio of capabilities is very complementary to center3’s digital infrastructure and connectivity assets. This acquisition exemplifies our strategic commitment to enter key markets with significant growth potential. Our previous investment in 2Africa Cable, coupled with this acquisition, underscores our conviction in Africa's essential role in center3's future growth. We are excited about the possibilities that CMC Networks will bring including its wealth of knowledge, capability in the African region and promising growth in the Middle East.”

Marisa Trisolino, Group CEO of CMC Networks, said:
"Joining forces with center3 is a thrilling development for us. We share a common vision of further expanding in the African market and together we will be able to achieve more, innovate further, and deliver enhanced value to our customers. This acquisition will bring together the strengths of both companies, fostering innovation, enhancing customer service, and providing new opportunities for growth in the African and the Middle East market. We are excited about the future and the opportunities that this partnership will unlock for CMC Networks.”

Eric Kump, Partner at Alterra, said:
“This acquisition is a fantastic opportunity to bring the dynamic center3 and CMC Networks teams together.”

The acquisition is subject to customary conditions and approvals.

It is worth noting that CMC Networks is not affiliated with or associated with CMC Telecom, which is a well known telecom operator in Vietnam.