Host Europe Group

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Host Europe Group
IndustryCommunications and Media
Founded1997 (as GX Networks)
HeadquartersThe Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes, United Kingdom
ProductsWebsite hosting

Host Europe Group (formerly Pipex Communications plc and GX Networks) is a European website hosting, email and domain name registrar company headquartered Hayes, West London. Founded as GX Networks in 1997, the company was renamed Pipex Communications plc following its takeover of Pipex in 2003.[1] It reverted to the GX Networks name following its sale of Pipex in 2008[2][3] before being renamed Host Europe Group in 2009.[4] It was acquired by American hosting company GoDaddy in 2017, and as of 2019 its name was in the process of being phased out.[5]


Through a series of acquisitions and (de)mergers GX Networks (and subsequently Webfusion) is known through various brands. Since 2009, the company has consolidated its trading under the brand names: 123-reg (The UK's largest domain name registrar, with more than 3 million names registered and 1.3 million websites hosted),[6] Heart Internet (UK hosting), Host Europe (German hosting), Webfusion (UK and Spanish hosting), RedCoruna (Spanish hosting), Mesh Digital and Domainbox (international domain names).[7]


It began by offering internet services to corporations and began trading under the GX name in 1997. It believed that it had developed the first transatlantic IP backbone running native ATM.[citation needed] Webfusion originally started out with major Network Access Points in Washington and San Jose in the US, London's LINX and Stockholm in Europe.

With various changes of ownership, the company's name has changed several times, taking on the Pipex name following its takeover in 2003. Following restructuring in 2009, the company trades under the Webfusion name in the UK, as part of HEG (formerly Host Europe Group) and is based in Hayes in West London. As of 2015, HEG claimed to be Europe's largest privately-owned hosting company.[8]

HEG data center in Strasbourg, France


  • April 1997 - Internet Technology Group (ITG) announces the acquisition of Xara Networks Limited in a deal worth £2.65 million.[9]
  • September 1997 - Xara Networks, a subsidiary of Internet Technology Group (ITG), relaunched as GX Networks.[9]
  • January 2000 - GX Networks became part of Concentric Network.[10][11]
  • September 2000 - Concentric Network merged with Nextlink to form XO Communications.[12]
  • 2001 - The UK arm of XO Europe was sold off to form Transigent Limited.[13]
  • September 2002 - Zipcom plc acquires Transigent Limited (formerly XO Limited), the parent company of GX Networks in a deal worth approximately £10m.[14][15]
  • October 2002 - Zipcom plc acquired the entire share capital of Transigent Limited the parent company of GX Networks.[16]
  • March 2003 - Zipcom plc changed its name to GX Networks plc.[13]
  • July 2003 - GX Networks acquires two more telecoms businesses XTML Limited ("XTML") and Compulink Information eXchange Limited ("CIX"), which were previously part of the Telenor Business Holdings UK Limited Group ("Telenor").[17]
  • September 2003 - GX Networks buy Firstnet Ltd (owners of Liberty Broadband aka Tele2 UK)[18]
  • October 2003 - GX Networks plc became Pipex Communications plc to maintain the PIPEX brand after a buy out for £55m.[1]
  • April 2004 - Pipex Communications Plc acquires Host Europe Plc, an AIM listed hosting solutions provider to the UK and Germany, for £31 million[19]
  • May 2005 - Pipex Communications acquires Donhost[20]
  • 2006 - Pipex Communications acquires Supanetwork, better known as SupaNames, for £2.2 million.[21]
  • March 2008 - Due to Pipex Broadband being sold to Tiscali (now Talk Talk), the company known as Pipex Communications UK Ltd reverts to GX Networks Ltd.[22]
  • October 2009 - Further internal re-structuring by Oakley Capital (Owner of GX Networks) after selling Vialtus Solutions and further consolidate the brands of GX Networks by renaming the company Host Europe Group,[4] and the UK business after the hosting branch of the firm Webfusion Limited
  • March 2010 - Host Europe Group acquires Virtualization firm Vanager
  • September 2010 - Host Europe Group acquired by Montagu Private Equity
  • March 2011 - Host Europe Group acquires AG
  • August 2011 - Host Europe Group acquires Heart Internet Ltd
  • January 2012 - Host Europe Group acquires Spanish web host RedCoruna
  • May 2012 - Dynamic-net rebrands to Host Europe Suisse
  • May 2012 - Host Europe Group acquires Mesh Digital Ltd
  • July 2013 – Host Europe Group is acquired by Cinven.[23]
  • Oct 2013 - Host Europe Group acquires Telefónica Online Services
  • Oct 2013 - Host Europe Group acquires domainFACTORY
  • Aug 2014 - Host Europe Group acquires
  • Nov 2014 - Host Europe Group becomes HEG
  • Dec 2014 - HEG acquires intergenia AG (with subsidiaries Plusserver, Server4you and Serverloft)
  • Oct 2015 - HEG acquires Paragon Internet Group[24]
  • Dec 2016 - GoDaddy acquires HEG[25] The full list of HEG brands in 2017 can be found here.[26]


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  2. ^ Turner, Brian (5 March 2008). "Pipex renamed GX Networks". Techwatch. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ Nixon, Dave (9 March 2008). "Previous divisions of Pipex group become GX Networks". Techwatch. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Host Europe buys Germany's Intergenia". Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  5. ^ "Welcome to HEG - Inspiring Next Generation Businesses". HEG. Archived from the original on 2019-09-28. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
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  7. ^ "Our Brands". Host Europe Group. Archived from the original on 2012-08-09. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  8. ^ "HEG: Hosting Europe's SMEs | Megabuyte". 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  9. ^ a b Archived January 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ GX Networks
  11. ^ Concentric Network Closes Internet Technology Group PLC Acquisition
  12. ^ Goodbye Nextlink, Hello XO - Company Business and Marketing
  13. ^ a b "日韩人妻无码精品久久_国产在线视频www色_亚洲欧美日韩精品久久_某医院女厕美女如厕vod视频". Archived from the original on 2006-10-31.
  14. ^ :: M2 Release ::
  15. ^ News and Events | news | 2002 | SJ Berwin Represents Peter Dubens and Laurence Blackall on Sale of Transigent Archived October 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "日韩人妻无码精品久久_国产在线视频www色_亚洲欧美日韩精品久久_某医院女厕美女如厕vod视频". Archived from the original on 2006-10-31.
  17. ^ GX Networks acquires two more telecoms businesses | Internet Marketing News and Blog |
  18. ^ "GX Networks buys Firstnet". The Register.
  19. ^ StockMarketWire (2 April 2004). "Pipex offers £31m cash for Host Europe". StockMarketWire.
  20. ^ "Pipex Acquire Donhost (WWW Hosting) : ISPreview UK News". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  21. ^[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Pipex renamed GX Networks
  23. ^ "Deals of the day -- mergers and acquisitions". Reuters. Reuters. 19 July 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2017-07-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "GoDaddy Inc. - GoDaddy Acquires Host Europe Group, Becomes Market Leader In Europe For Small Business Cloud Services". GoDaddy. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  26. ^ "HEG brands". Retrieved 2017-11-01.

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