Motorola Solutions has signed an agreement to acquire Airwave for £817.5 million (approximately $1.2 billion). Formed in 2000, Airwave is headquartered in Berkshire, England, with approximately 600 employees. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
Airwave is the largest private operator of a public safety network in the world, delivering mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in Great Britain. Based on Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) technology provided by Motorola Solutions, its network covers 99 percent of Great Britain’s landmass, is resilient and enables more than 300,000 police, fire, ambulance and other emergency personnel to easily and securely communicate with each other.
Motorola Solutions said that it delivers, manages and operates large-scale and complex public safety networks throughout the world. It currently operates more than 20 systems in countries such as Norway, Denmark, Austria, Australia and the United States.