Combell Group announces that it has acquired the Swiss hosting company Switchplus from the SWITCH Foundation. With this strategic acquisition, Combell Group enters the hosting market in Switzerland with strong ambitions to expand its position in the country. With Switchplus, Combell Group becomes the leading digital enabler for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
First steps into Switzerland with strong ambitions
By acquiring Switchplus, Combell Group starts it first endeavours in Switzerland. As it is in the company’s DNA, Combell Group has the ambition to further build a strong reputation and presence in the local market and empower local entrepreneurs and small businesses with the best possible tools for their digital existence.
Not only will Combell Group retain the current workforce at Switchplus in Zurich, it will further invest into the expansion by adding and renewing products and services in favor of its customers. Over time, it will therefore also further split off the company from its roots at SWITCH and define its own future identity, by rebranding the company.
Combell Group is thrilled to start its journey in Switzerland. We’re welcoming a lot of new customers, new colleagues and lots of expertise and we already see great potential ahead. Our first priority has always been to inspire and to innovate, in benefit of our customers. We want to enable entrepreneurs and small businesses to build their digital identity online using our services.
-- Jonas Dhaenens, CEO of Combell Group
Switchplus as a trusted brand in Switzerland
With over 400.000 registered domain names for around 130.000 customers, whereof the majority are business and entrepeneurs, Switchplus has the highest market share among all .CH and .LI Registrars. Ever since its creation as a subsidiary of SWITCH Foundation, Switchplus has been a trusted brand with Swiss SMEs.
SWITCH Foundation is known for its expertise in delivering digital services to the academic world in Switzerland. It has also historically been the Registry of the countries’ top level domain .CH. It sold the domain names both directly and indirectly to the end customer. In 2009, SWITCH decided to create Switchplus in view of the split of the direct sale of domain names.
We are very happy to sell Switchplus to the Belgian Combell Group. I am also pleased that the Combell Group is taking on all employees and that Switchplus remains active in the market as an independent company. I am convinced that with the expertise and the size of the Combell Group, Switchplus will find ideal conditions for further growth.
--Andreas Dudler, Managing Director of Switch
Both companies have decided not to share any financial information in regards to the deal.