Combell Group and TransIP Group have agreed to a merger that will create one of the largest hosting companies in Europe. The combined company will be named ‘team.blue.’ Under the its brand name, team.blue will offer digital tools including hosting, email and applications to over 1.2 million customers across Europe. Its employee count will be over 600 people.
The combined company creates a new powerhouse in European tech, with a vision to create “reliable, best-in-class tools and products to better enable companies and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses digitally.”
Founders Ali Niknam (TransIP) and Jonas Dhaenens (Combell) aim to further consolidate the market and have other entrepreneurs join team.blue. “Team.blue’s goal is simple – to be best-in-class,” said Jonas Dhaenens, founder of Combell and CEO of team.blue. “We can deliver on that promise through our constant and consistent innovation, bringing together some of the most experienced people in the industry.”
Both Combell and TransIP have grown organically over the years as well as running successful buy & build strategies. In 2017, Combell made a ‘quantum leap’ by joining forces with Zitcom, a hosting group in Denmark, which led to leading sector positions in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. In the Netherlands, TransIP expanded its activities after acquiring IT-Ernity in 2018.
“We have always listened closely to our customers and kept innovating to provide the best solutions for their needs,” said Ali Niknam, founder of TransIP. “As both Combell and TransIP share this vision, creating team.blue is a logical step to grow further, together”
Team.blue will create a provider of hosting services across the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. The aim is to further expand its activities across Europe in the future. Jonas Dhaenens, founder of Combell, will become CEO of team.blue and will oversee the company’s new vision. Ali Niknam, founder of TransIP and founder and CEO of bunq, a European bank challenger, remains a major investor and will join the Board of Directors.