ZainTech agrees to acquire managed cloud provider Bios Middle East

Bios operations to integrate within ZainTech over next 12 to 18 months

ZainTech is acquiring cloud provider Bios Middle East for an undisclosed amount. Photo: Zain
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ZainTech, the digital and ICT services arm of Kuwait-based telecom operator Zain Group, has agreed to fully acquire managed cloud provider Bios Middle East that has operations in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals, will result in the full integration of Bios Middle East’s operations within ZainTech over the next 12 to18 months, Zain said in a statement on Sunday.

It did not provide financial details of the deal.

"This deal represents a major step in ZainTech’s expansion strategy and our determination to transform Zain into a leading ICT and digital lifestyle provider," Bader Al Kharafi, Zain vice chairman and group chief executive, said.

"ZainTech is key part of Zain's value accretive '4Sight' strategy centered on evolving Zain's core telecom business to maximise value and build on the company's many strengths to selectively invest in growth verticals beyond standard mobile services.”

ZainTech is focused on organic growth and acquisitions of value-adding companies as it seeks to become a tech partner to companies and governments in the region, said Andrew Hanna, ZainTech's chief executive.

“Managed cloud is a highly relevant and critical business area for our region, and with Bios' established strong customer base, years of experience, and exceptional team, this strategic acquisition will supercharge our capabilities in hybrid and multi-cloud managed services and expand our offerings," he said.

Since launching operations in 2002, Bios has served more than 300 global and regional customers by offering managed services and cloud solutions.

Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, managed multi-cloud access, security as a service, infrastructure as a service, and disaster recovery services are among the capabilities provided by more than 140 Bios employees across the region, according to the statement.

“Bios shares with ZainTech the goal to become the region’s leading multi-cloud managed service provider. This deal will allow us to accelerate and scale towards that goal, with further benefits to both our customers and people," Dominic Docherty, Bios Middle East's managing director, said.

Updated: October 24, 2022, 1:30 AM