Sierra Wireless en MobiquiThing, een toonaangevende exploitant van virtuele netwerken in Europa, hebben vandaag bekendgemaakt dat ze een definitieve overeenkomst hebben gesloten over de overname van MobiquiThings. De transactie is naar verwachting in augustus 2015 rond.
“De overname van MobiquiThings versnelt onze apparaat-naar-cloudstrategie en is een goede aanvulling op het in januari overgenomen Wireless Maingate”, zei Jason Cohenour, president en ceo van Sierra Wireless. “MobiquiThings heeft een zeer geavanceerd kernnetwerk en technologische platform, maar ook een rap groeiend klantenbestand. MobiquiThings wordt nauw geïntegreerd in Maingate en onze AirVantage-cloud, zodat we onze Europese klanten toonaangevende connectiviteitsdiensten kunnen verlenen.”
Sierra Wireless Acquires MobiquiThings to Accelerate Growth of Managed Connectivity Services for the Internet of Things
Sierra Wireless agrees to purchase MobiquiThings, a leading mobile virtual network operator based in France, to expand its wireless connectivity and value-added services for European customers
VANCOUVER, British Columbia & SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France – (Business Wire)
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) and MobiquiThings, a leading mobile virtual network operator (“MVNO”) in Europe, today announced that Sierra Wireless has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MobiquiThings. The transaction is expected to close in August 2015.
“The purchase of MobiquiThings further accelerates our device-to-cloud strategy and is highly complementary to our acquisition of Wireless Maingate completed in January,” said Jason Cohenour, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless. “MobiquiThings has a highly advanced core network and technology platform, as well as a rapidly expanding customer base. MobiquiThings will be tightly integrated with Maingate and our AirVantage® cloud to provide a leading-edge managed connectivity service for pan-European customers.”
MobiquiThings is an MVNO focused on managed connectivity services for the Internet of Things, with broad segment experience including the energy, transportation, security, retail, and healthcare markets. MobiquiThings has a unique technology platform that includes MobiquiSIM, a dynamic attachment service that provides its customers with superior radio access network coverage and industry leading QoS, as well as SIM provisioning and management for 2G, 3G, and 4G connectivity. The company has more than 75 customers and more than 100,000 wireless connectivity subscribers.
“Since founding the company in 2010, we have been focused on developing an advanced wireless connectivity platform, including a secure and resilient mobile core network platform, integrated information systems and seamless best-in-class multi-operator connectivity,” said Cyril Hullin, co-founder and CEO of MobiquiThings. “As we rapidly grow our position in the IoT market, we are very excited to be able to combine our technology and service offerings with Sierra Wireless, given the strong strategic fit between the companies.”
Sierra Wireless has agreed to purchase all of the shares of MobiquiThings for €14 million in cash, plus a performance-based earnout formula that extends into 2017.
In 2015, MobiquiThings is expected to generate revenue of approximately €3.0 million and breakeven Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is building the Internet of Things with intelligent wireless solutions that empower organizations to innovate in the connected world. We offer the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure cloud and connectivity services. OEMs and enterprises worldwide trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 950 employees globally and operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
MobiquiThings is a leading mobile virtual network operator that is dedicated exclusively to the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Telematics marketplace across Europe. It provides an optimized deployment experience and highest possible quality of service to its rapidly expanding customer base. With its worldwide footprint and anywhere anytime multi-operator capability, it delivers market-leading connectivity solutions for the Energy, Commercial Fleet, Vehicle Telematics, Security, Retail and Healthcare markets. For more information, visit http://www.mobiquithings.com
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