Sepura announced the acquisition of Fylde Micro Ltd, the UK-based radio trunking solutions company today (20 May 2014) at Critical Communications World in Singapore. Fylde Micro has been a pioneer in the field of radio trunking for over thirty years, gaining a worldwide reputation for delivering reliable solutions within the Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) market.
It was instrumental in delivering the analogue MPT1327 standard to a global market and, more recently, closely involved in the writing of the ETSI digital standards for DMR and dPMR. Fylde develops and manufactures trunking controllers that are used in PMR base stations, forming the core of the radio infrastructure.
Fylde’s latest product, the Multi-Lingo controller, is one of the most sophisticated on the market and creates a network that can utilise multiple standards – such as DMR, dPMR and analogue MPT1327 – simultaneously.
Gordon Watling, CEO of Sepura, commented: "Our acquisition of Fylde Micro adds a further dimension to our critical communications portfolio and, specifically, enhances our recently launched DMR offering. Combining our DMR portfolio with Fylde’s innovative trunking solutions increases our ability to offer customers cost effective, flexible solutions to migrate their existing analogue networks to digital.”
Brian Seedle, chairman of Fylde, said: "We are thrilled to be joining the Sepura group at such an exciting time for the PMR industry. Sepura has established itself as a catalyst for analogue to digital migration, enabling increasing numbers of organisations to realise the productivity gains provided by digital communication solutions.
“Combining our respective product portfolios offers analogue users a simpler and more cost effective migration strategy, and provides further market reach for our range of products through access to the renowned Sepura network of partners and distributors.”
Fylde Micro represents Sepura’s third strategic acquisition in the last two years; 3T, the Austrian supplier of TETRA infrastructure was acquired in 2012, and Portalify, the Helsinki based applications developer, was acquired in July 2013.
Watling added: "Sepura continues to expand its addressable market by targeting high growth opportunities within PMR. This acquisition further reinforces our ability to provide complete, state of the art, communications solutions to the many different global markets we serve. We will continue to listen to our customers and, through acquisitions and new product development, deliver solutions that enable them to meet their operational challenges.”