Ericsson today (13 March 2012) announced that it has submitted a binding offer of Euro 19 million to acquire the Broadcast Services Division of Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, headquartered in France.
The closing of the acquisition is subject to relevant customary regulatory administrative approvals and consultations, but is expected by mid-2012.
The acquisition will bring with it approximately 900 skilled professionals and playout operations located in France, UK and the Netherlands serving several leading broadcasters. It will allow Ericsson to substantially increase its current broadcast operations in terms of channels managed and households reached.
The announced acquisition intention is in line with Ericsson’s managed services strategy to broaden its capabilities in the broadcasting area. Ericsson applies the managed services business model established in telecom operations, to improve efficiency, introduce innovation and increase revenues for the broadcasters.
‘As the TV industry is undergoing fundamental changes with the transition to multi-platform, on-demand television, teaming up with a trusted partner enables broadcasters to meet the increasing commercial and technological complexity and competition in the TV market,’ said Magnus Mandersson (pictured), Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson. ‘We combine our service and technology leadership with strategic investments in playout operations, broadcast capability and competence.’
Frederic Rose, CEO of Technicolor, added: ‘This transaction is consistent with Technicolor’s strategy to focus on media monetization solutions and new growth businesses, and strengthen its balance sheet. For Ericsson, managed services are a core business and after completion of this divesture, the Broadcast Services activity will benefit from the company’s know-how and global scale necessary to remain a key player in the worldwide Broadcast industry.’