Access Partnership Acquires Sallstrom Consulting

Access Partnership, a global firm assisting ICT companies in gaining unprecedented access to new markets, today announced the acquisition of Sallstrom Consulting. The combined entity delivers highly skilled staff with significant local reach, whose clients include governments, multinationals, non-governmental organizations, and niche technology firms – including nearly a dozen Fortune 100 companies. Laura Sallstrom, now Access Partnership’s Director of North America and Asia Pacific, brings to the firm a wealth of experience supporting the technology industry across more than 65 countries. With offices in London, Abu Dhabi, and Washington, DC, the firm now provides a one-stop shop focused on increasing market share and shaping pro-business policies to govern the converging telecommunications and information technology sectors. Access Partnership’s practice areas include: market access for terrestrial and space-based broadband services, Internet governance, intellectual property protection, technology standards, and international trade.

New Entity Delivers Unmatched Global Presence with Experience Spanning More than 190 Countries 



Access Partnership, a global firm assisting ICT companies in gaining unprecedented access to new markets, today announced the acquisition of Sallstrom Consulting. The combined entity delivers highly skilled staff with significant local reach, whose clients include governments, multinationals, non-governmental organizations, and niche technology firms – including nearly a dozen Fortune 100 companies.

Laura Sallstrom, now Access Partnership’s Director of North America and Asia Pacific, brings to the firm a wealth of experience supporting the technology industry across more than 65 countries. With offices in London, Abu Dhabi, and Washington, DC, the firm now provides a one-stop shop focused on increasing market share and shaping pro-business policies to govern the converging telecommunications and information technology sectors. Access Partnership’s practice areas include: market access for terrestrial and space-based broadband services, Internet governance, intellectual property protection, technology standards, and international trade.

With the acquisition, cloud computing and security also will become a major focus.

“To be effective in the global economy, government relations has to be about more than Washington, DC,” stated Robert Holleyman, President and CEO of the Business Software Alliance. “Access Partnership understands that. I’ve personally worked with Laura for more than two decades and I am excited to see her make this pivotal move. This firm is poised to be a real market leader.” “This acquisition reflects convergence in the ICT sector.  It no longer makes sense to operate a silo’d telecom or technology consulting company.  Clients want and need a firm with global reach and simultaneous knowledge of all aspects of the ICT industry,” stated Ms. Sallstrom.

Colin Thomson, Director of Access Partnership added, “As more clients approach us for support, we’re seeing an increasing range of services for which they seek support: market access, lobbying, and business development.  It’s not enough just to do telecom anymore – they want to know how you can help to protect intellectual property and shape cloud computing too.”

About Access Partnership
Since 1999, Access Partnership has been helping some of the world’s leading ICT companies, investment groups and governments gain access to new markets, drive sales and regulatory goals, obtain valuable spectrum and introduce new services and organizations into previously underserved markets. Access Partnership provides an experienced, multi-disciplinary, multilingual staff to devise and implement a strategy for resolving regulatory, technical, and other trade-related restrictions on five continents.

Media Contact: Kim Larkin (202) 391-5205 klarkin@cssu-inc.com

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