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Switchplus acquired by leading European hosting provider Combell Group

Switchplus, the number one domain registrar in Switzerland, announces its acquisition by Combell Group. For customers of Switchplus, it means a solid investment in the future of the company they trust, as it becomes part of a hosting family with strong ambitions on focus and success of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Combell Group started in 1999 and is the leading digital enabler for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Northwestern Europe. The group serves, now together with Switchplus, nearly 800.000 customers in Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland and has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry. Innovation, trust and reliability is part of its DNA.

Combell Group is thrilled to start its journey in Switzerland. We’re welcoming a lot of new customers, new colleagues and lots of expertise and we already see great potential ahead. Our first priority has always been to inspire and to innovate, in benefit of our customers. We want to enable entrepreneurs and small businesses to build their digital identity online using our services.

Jonas Dhaenens, CEO of Combell Group

In the DNA of both Combell Group and Switchplus is strong ambition to further build a strong reputation in the Swiss market and empower local businesses with the best possible tools for their digital existence. Not only will Combell Group retain the current workforce at Switchplus, it will further invest into the expansion by adding and renewing products and services in favor of its customers.

We feel delighted to work under the wings of an internationally recognized hosting group. The sense of quality, personal support and drive for innovation is something that is dear to our company, and we share the exact same values with Combell Group. Switchplus therefore looks forward to what we can accomplish together and how we can make this truly beneficial for our customers.

Gaby Lörtscher, CEO of switchplus ag

Switchplus as a trusted brand in Switzerland

Ever since its creation Switchplus has been a trusted brand with Swiss SMEs because of its origins and ties with the SWITCH Foundation. The Foundation is known for its expertise in delivering digital services to the academic world in Switzerland. It has also historically been the Registry of the countries’ top level domain .ch. It sold the domain names both directly and indirectly to the end customer.

In 2009, SWITCH decided to create Switchplus in view of the split of the direct sale of domain names.

We are very happy to sell Switchplus to the Belgian Combell Group. I am also pleased that the Combell Group is taking on all employees and that Switchplus remains active in the market as an independent company. I am convinced that with the expertise and the size of the Combell Group, Switchplus will find ideal conditions for further growth.

Andreas Dudler, CEO of Switch

About Combell Group

Combell Group started in 1999 and is the leading digital enabler for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Northwestern Europe. The group serves nearly 800.000 customers in Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland and has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry. Innovation, trust and reliability is part of its DNA.

About Switchplus

Switchplus is an expert in domain registration and web presence. The company offers its customers services and solutions ranging from domain registration to a complete web presence. Since its foundation in 2009, Switchplus has achieved a leading market position in Switzerland. With over 400.000 registered domain names for around 130.000 customers, Switchplus has the highest market share among all .CH and .LI Registrars.

About SWITCH

SWITCH is synonymous for power, comfort and security in the digital world. In partnership with its stakeholders in and outside the academic world, the Foundation develops and improves holistic ICT solutions in the areas of networking, security, identity management and cloud computing. Switch has also historically been the registry for domain names ending in .CH and.LI. The foundation employs around 100 people at its headquarters in Zurich.

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