The move follows PSINet’s April acquisition of Openlink (Rio de Janeiro) and Horizontes Internet (Minas
Gerais), two other ISPs in Brazil. PSI now ranks as the third largest ISP
in the country, up from fifth with the new purchase.
STI is based in Sao Paulo, the largest state in Brazil. The acquisition
will add three points of presence to PSINet, bringing the worldwide
total to 530 POPs.
“The growth of Internet usage, both corporate and consumer, in Latin
America is enormous,”
said Harold Wills, PSINet president and chief operating officer. “With a population exceeding
35 million, Sao Paulo is a key market within Brazil. This acquisition
reinforces our strategy to become one of the top three ISPs in each of the
top twenty global markets.”
Once integrated within PSINet, STI customers will have access to PSINet’s
services, including connectivity, electronic commerce, Web hosting, global
roaming, intranet, voice-over-IP and others.
Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.