GTS Central Europe (GTS CE) has acquired Slovakian alternative fixed line telco Dial Telecom, with the intention of merging it into subsidiary GTS Slovakia (formerly GTS Nextra) to create a combined business with total annual revenues of around EUR50 million (USD65 million). The deal, of undisclosed value, sees GTS take control of Dial’s voice, data and internet customer base – largely in the business segment – and a metropolitan fibre network in Bratislava. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, GTS (then known as GTS Novera) bought Norwegian group Telenor’s Slovak fixed line assets including SME-focused telco Nextra in December 2005. In February 2010 GTS claimed a first for Slovakia by launching an unbundled local loop-based broadband service. Meanwhile Dial Telecom has offered voice and data services to SMEs since 2000, and was the first Slovakian altnet to interconnect residential fixed line services with incumbent Slovak Telekom in August 2005, after entering the consumer VoIP market in May that year. In November 2008 Dial acquired rival eTel from Telekom Austria, including around 2,000 Slovakian corporate telecoms clients. eTel, which had launched residential voice services in August 2005 shortly after Dial, was merged into the latter in July 2009.
GTS CE operates telecoms services in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and other eastern European countries; it had a 2009 full-year revenue of EUR385 million, and posted roughly flat first-half 2010 turnover of EUR190 million.