Hytera has acquired Rohde & Schwarz’s Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) subsidiary for an undisclosed sum. The move gives Hytera a greater TETRA products portfolio, although Rohde & Schwarz does not manufacture terminals. Hytera’s current portfolio is largely in Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) equipment. The deal is subject to approval by the German and Chinese governments.
Under the terms of the deal, Rohde & Schwarz’s PMR employees, projects obligations and premises will remain the same after the completion of the acquisition. The PMR subsidiary’s Bad Münder location in Germany will become the operational centre for Hytera in Europe.
Rohde & Schwarz develops and implements PMR radio systems and applications in accordance with the international TETRA standard for industry and public safety organisations. Hytera described Rohde & Schwarz’s TETRA infrastructure solution as a good compliment to Hytera’s current TETRA terminal product portfolio.
Hytera is now able to offer complete TETRA system solutions to its customers. In addition, the combination of two sales forces and marketing networks will allow Hytera to respond to customers’ demands more rapidly and attentively, the firm said.
Hytera VP WF Tay, who is in charge of the acquisition, said: ‘The acquisition will be beneficial to Hytera, Rohde & Schwarz PMR and TETRA users worldwide. Hytera will consolidate its worldwide sales network as well as its R&D team with Rohde & Schwarz PMR, increasing investment in TETRA technology research and development and thereby securing its leading edge position in the worldwide market.’
Rohde & Schwarz PMR’s CEO Dr. Georg Haubs added: ‘Partnering with Hytera will give us a competitive edge, especially in projects involving a large or continual demand for terminal equipment. Moreover, we will get better access to the Asian market. This means enormous growth potential in the field of Professional Mobile Radio (PMR).’
Rohde & Schwarz PMR was set up in 1981 and became part of the Rohde & Schwarz group in 1988 under the name R&S Bick Mobilfunk. It became a wholly owned subsidiary in 2009 when it was renamed.