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Company typePrivate
FoundedNovember 1996; 27 years ago (1996-11)
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
Key people
Charles Nasser (CEO)
Claranet network as of 2013

Claranet is a business which provides network, hosting and managed application services in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands (Benelux), Portugal, Spain, Italy and Brazil.


Charles Nasser founded the ISP in 1996[1] and by 1999 had 150,000 subscribers.[2]

Claranet has grown its business through a number of acquisitions, including Netscalibur in 2003,[3][4] via uk in 2004[5][6] and in 2005 Amen Group, via Europe and Artful.[7][8] In 2012 Claranet acquired Star Technology.[9]

The company has annualised revenues of circa £375 million, over 6,500 customers and over 2,200 employees.

In 2017 Claranet acquired French company Oxalide and ITEN Solutions.[10][11]

On 5 July 2018, Claranet acquired NotSoSecure.[12]


  1. ^ "Charles Nasser". the Guardian. 5 October 1999.
  2. ^ "Business: The Economy UK Net millionaires boom". BBC News. 1999-10-03. Retrieved 15 September 2010. Charles Nasser, who has built up the ISP ClaraNet to 150,000 subscribers in the UK and France.
  3. ^ "TechWeekEurope UK - Enhancing business with technology - in association with". TechWeekEurope UK.
  4. ^ "Claranet buys Netscalibur UK to lead sector consolidation". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  5. ^ "ClaraNet Agrees to Buy VIA.Net Works". 12 April 2005.
  6. ^ "Claranet buys VIA NET.WORKS UK for £7.3 million in cash". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  7. ^ "Claranet buys French hosting outfit". Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  8. ^ "Claranet expands into the managed hosting market by buying Artful S.A. in France". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  9. ^ "Claranet acquires Star - Claranet UK". Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  10. ^ "Claranet acquires Oxalide". 31 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Claranet compra ITEN e revoluciona o sector dos serviços de TI em Portugal=". 30 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Claranet acquires NotSoSecure". 5 July 2018.