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Partners on Comcast-Masergy Acquisition: 'Substantial Amount of Work' Remains

Will the acquisition drive competition between Comcast and its "cable brethren"?

James Anderson

October 11, 2021

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Channel partners are giving positive reviews to Comcast‘s finalized acquisition of Masergy.

Now that Comcast has officially closed its purchase, the channel is waiting to see how the MSO integrates Masergy’s software-defined network services into its family.

Comcast announced in August that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Masergy. At the time, partners and analysts praised the deal as a shrewd move that will help Comcast capture larger and more global customers. Masergy brings 1,400 customers in almost 100 countries to the table for the cable company. It also boasts a popular channel program that Comcast executives view as important for reaching the enterprise.

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Masergy’s Chris MacFarland

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Comcast Business’ Bill Stemper

“This deal fortifies our channel distribution strategy and redoubles our commitment to the channel partner community. The combination of our teams and complementary service portfolios will enhance the value we bring to large and midsize companies worldwide,” Comcast Business president Bill Stemper said.

We reached out to channel partners to see how they’re feeling about the transaction. Many are curious as to how Masergy’s channel-focused culture plays inside its larger acquirer. Others wonder how the acquisition will impact other cable providers.

Scroll through the slideshow above to see their comments.

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James Anderson

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

James Anderson is a news editor for Channel Futures. He interned with Informa while working toward his degree in journalism from Arizona State University, then joined the company after graduating. He writes about SD-WAN, telecom and cablecos, technology services distributors and carriers. He has served as a moderator for multiple panels at Channel Partners events.

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