Zayo Group Holdings recently announced it finalized its acquisition of Education Networks of America, which provides managed network connectivity, communications and cybersecurity services to kindergarten through 12th grade school districts participating in the federally-funded E-Rate program, along with other public-sector customers.
Zayo, which is known for connecting technology and financial services firms around the world, has served K-12 school district customers for six years. The company powers school districts in several states including Texas, Washington, Oregon, Georgia, California and Arizona. Together, ENA and Zayo said they will provide education, library, community healthcare and public-sector customers with high-quality managed services and exceptional customer care. Zayo’s recent sustainability-linked first lien term loan funded the acquisition.
“We are proud of Zayo’s history serving the public sector and see tremendous opportunity with the addition of ENA, which is known for being a trusted provider of managed network and cybersecurity solutions,” said Zayo President Andrés Irlando. “ENA’s mission, particularly serving K-12 and healthcare customers, will enable us to have a positive impact on communities while furthering our commitment to leading in Environmental, Social and Governance initiatives. Together, we look forward to driving digital transformation across the public sector while delivering an exceptional customer experience.”
“Joining forces with Zayo is the result of our mutual respect and shared commitment to propelling value, growth and innovation for customers,” ENA President Michael McKerley said. “Combining ENA’s innovative technology solutions and services with Zayo’s leading fiber network enhances our collective ability to provide best-in-class customer service to schools, libraries and other public-sector entities — enabling them to continue providing vital resources to their respective communities.”
Previously, ZMA, a media, communications and entertainment business operator and investor, owned ENA. Acquiring ENA marks another move for Zayo in 2022—the company also acquired QOS networks, added Lisa Hook to it board of directors. The company said it also had its largest organic network expansion to date.