Motorola completes acquisition of Airwave

Motorola Solutions has completed its acquisition of Airwave, the world’s largest private operator of a public safety network.

Mar 2, 2016
By Paul Jacques

Motorola Solutions has completed its acquisition of Airwave, the world’s largest private operator of a public safety network.

Motorola purchased Airwave on a debt-free basis with a net cash payment of approximately £700 million. In addition, a deferred cash payment of £64 million will be made in November 2018.

“The acquisition of Airwave enables us to significantly grow our managed and support services business and reflects our commitment to the public safety users in Great Britain,” said Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions. “The combination of our years of experience as a trusted global leader in mission-critical communications and Airwave’s proven service delivery platform will provide Great Britain with innovative emergency services technology that enhances public safety today and into the future.”

Airwave delivers mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in Great Britain, including police, fire and rescue and ambulance services.

The Home Office recently awarded Motorola Solutions a long-term contract for user services (Lot 2) for the Emergency Services Network, the future public safety network based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology, which is being provided by EE and will give the emergency services access to 4G voice and data for the first time.

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