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Competition authority clears Motorola's acquisition of Airwave

David Bicknell Published 01 July 2016

Approval removes any regulatory concern that could have delayed ongoing development of the Emergency Services Network


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said today that it has unconditionally cleared Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Airwave Solutions.

The CMA said the full text of the decision will be available shortly.

Motorola completed its acquisition of Airwave, regarded as the world's largest private operator of a public safety network, on February 19th, having paid around £817.5m ($1.2bn) as part of a plan to expand its managed and support services business with Airwave.

Motorola Solutions has a prime role in the development of the Emergency Services Network (ESN), taking responsibility for the delivery of the user services contract (Lot 2) of ESN, providing systems integration and public safety functionality.

Motorola Solutions' formal completion of its acquisition of Airwave brought a legal action brought by Airwave against the Home Office over the ESN procurement to an end.

Airwave had issued a claim against the Home Office relating to the procurement for Lot 3 of ESN, saying that it did not believe that bidders, including Airwave, were given equal treatment under relevant procurement laws.

Airwave, however, subsequently did not stand in the way of attempts by the Home Office to lift a suspension of the procurement process for the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) and the legal action was eventually dropped when Motorola bought Airwave.

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