Batelco-owner acquires Egyptian software solutions firm Link Development for undisclosed sum

Beyon Solutions, a subsidiary of Beyon Group (also known as Bahrain Telecommunications Company), which owns Bahrain’s leading telecom operator Batelco, has acquired Link Development, a leading Egyptian software solutions firm, with operations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Beyon, per statement has acquired a controlling stake in the Egyptian firm.

Founded in 1996 by Khaled Bichara, Link Development provides technology solutions across different platforms and products to organizations in both public and private sectors. The firm offers services in the areas of cloud and infrastructure, data and analytics, operational excellence, strategy and consultancy, and employee and customer experience.

The company serves clients all over the region through seven offices and a workforce of 700 employees. Some of its notable clients include the Government of Dubai, Labor ministries of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Islamic Development Bank, Magrabi, Bupa, Vodafone, and many other leading international and regional names.

Beyon Solutions also operates in a similar area, offering enterprises and governments with cloud, application, infrastructure, cybersecurity, and consultancy services.

With the acquisition, Beyond is expanding its footprint, creating what it says will be one of the largest hubs of digital transformation services in the region.

Nicholas Toon, the CEO of Beyon Solutions, said, “Integrating a major organization such as Link Development is a strategic move that aligns with our ambitions and greatly enhances our solution and service offering across our regional group. Link Development and Beyon Solutions hold strategic partnerships with key vendors such as Microsoft, AWS, and Outsystems, and the synergy created through the acquisition will augment the scope of the Beyon Solutions portfolio and enable the seamless delivery of cutting-edge digital solutions to our growing regional customer base.”

“Furthermore, the team members within Link Development are exceptionally skilled and experienced and I am confident that combined with the capabilities that exist across the group, we will deliver great things,” he added.

Hesham El Beih, the CEO of Link Development, said, “I’m thrilled about the opportunities this acquisition presents for our customers. By joining forces with Beyon Solutions, we’re not only enhancing our ability to deliver exceptional customer experiences but also expanding our commercial reach into previously untapped regions.”

The acquisition of Link Development is the eighth exit for A15, the Egyptian investment firm that previously won big with exits like Tpay and ConnectAds.

Karim Beshara, the Managing Partner of A15, commenting on the occassion, said, “I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the entire Link Development team for their outstanding achievements over the past years. It has truly been an incredible journey, marked by dedication and unwavering commitment to excellence. This marks A15’s eighth exit, a testament to our consistent track record in helping create outliers and realizing returns through the cycle. We firmly believe Beyon Solutions is an excellent strategic fit that will accelerate growth and create significant value.”

The deal will be closed after receiving required regulatory approvals in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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