Sierra Wireless is continuing its strategy of moving beyond its IoT/M2M module and gateway heartland by announcing it is to buy French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) MobiquiThings. The transaction is expected to close in August 2015.
The move follows Sierra’s previous acquisition in this space when it acquired Nordic IoT network services company Wireless Maingate in December 2014.
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).
“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.”