While the financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, XBT stated that this acquisition will enable the company to expand its existing offerings to individuals and businesses.
Bundling Infrastructure and Web Development Services?
Rajesh Kumar Mishra, chief financial officer of XBT Holding told that this acquisition will enable the company to create web development and mobile application services to help businesses develop websites and mobile apps. XBT currently offers a suite of Internet infrastructure services including dedicated servers, colocation, IP transit, and content delivery among others.
We therefore believe that XBT will probably bundle these web development services with its infrastructure services for its customers or offer it as an add-on to its customers just like what GoDaddy or Name.com currently do.
Founded in 2006, IBEE Solutions currently offers integrated enterprise solutions for web, mobile, social and connected devices platforms. Among the solutions offered include web solutions like e-commerce solutions, responsive web solutions and custom web app development, mobile development solutions to build mobile web apps, native mobile apps and hybrid mobile apps (native + web), solutions to build custom Facebook and Twitter apps and solutions to develop apps for connected devices like Google TV, Microsoft Xbox Kinect and Yahoo Connected TV.
The company claims to have clients like Godrej, AMD, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Lotus Herbals, TV9 and D’Decor among others. IBEE Solutions had also partnered with Cheil Worldwide SW Asia and SportzInteractive to redesign Delhi Daredevil’s English website in March 2012. The new website offered live scores with graphs and text commentary, live pictures, branded merchandise and tickets for the home games of Delhi Daredevils.
Domain registrar and web hosting company BigRock had launched an online web design marketplace called DesignXchange in September 2012. This marketplace allowed customers to browse through various designers, view their work, and contact the respective designers. At launch, the company claimed to have designs from over 1,000 web designers.
In August 2012, Google had started offering free mobile site building tools to Indian businesses through its Lets Talk Mo initiative and had tied up with several mobile website builders and agencies to offer these tools. Among the initial partners included Affle and D2 Communications’ mobile marketing joint venture ad2c, Mobstac, Dudamobile, Mobsters, and Netbiscuits among others.
Google had also partnered with HostGator to launch a similar initiative called India Get Your Business Online in November 2011, which offered free websites, domain & hosting services to small medium businesses in India. Under this initiative, Google offered a .in domain name free for 1 year and HostGator offered free support in creating, hosting and managing the website for a period of one year.
Delhi based classifieds business Getit Infoservices had also tied up with Israel based website building solution provider WebsPlanet to offer website building tools to small and medium enterprises. Through this initiative, Getit offered WebsPlanet’s Eclipse platform that included solutions like a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) site builder for building websites, mobile sites and Facebook pages; a DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) service which allows companies to deploy personnel to do that; and an automatic mass website creation tool ASC (Automatic Site Creation).