Earlier this week, ENENSYS, a designer and manufacturer of digital TV transmission systems that run over mobile, terrestrial and satellite networks announced the completion of its acquisition of Expway, a provider of LTE Broadcast infrastructure software and solutions.
Expway has participated in both the mission-critical LTE (MCX) plugtests run by ETSI and is participating in the third, which is currently underway. It is also a member of the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP), which is working to define and develop an open terminal software with a standards-based API between the different software layers (LTE-Broadcast Middleware in Expway’s case) to reduce integration efforts and speed-up public safety terminal adoption.
Both ENENSYS and Expway will work together to aggressively build and market 5G Broadcast solutions. They claim that the acquisition will give Expway a boost in engineering and sales resources to accelerate innovation along with its market presence and customer service growth and will allow them to provide a wider array of services and have more depth to their offerings.
They expect that their combined technologies will also enhance ENENSYS’ terrestrial, satellite and cable market offering, given the inherent efficiency of broadcast technology, which will enable operators to provide over-the-top (OTT) services at greater scale.
Expway’s Multicast ABR and LTE Broadcast technologies will with ENENSYS’ local Ad Insertion solution allowing DTT, Satellite and Cable network operators to increase their revenues. The two companies add that “The combined technologies will also be a perfect match for mission-critical communication solutions and connected or even autonomous cars (V2X).”
“We are very familiar with the Expway team with whom we have already collaborated on many projects. The performance and quality of the Expway products is recognised worldwide, as evidenced by its highly international portfolio made up almost exclusively of large accounts,” said Régis Le Roux, president and CEO of the ENENSYS Technologies Group. “With Expway, we are taking an important step forward in our ambition to offer a complete coverage of broadcast optimization solutions, regardless of the underlining technology and network.”
“We are excited to have reached this agreement with ENENSYS, which is an accelerator for Expway,” said Thierry Sergent, chairman and CEO of Expway. “It will enable faster geographical growth, particularly with a strengthening of our presence in the United States, and a quicker adoption of Expway’s technology. Both companies know each other very well, and have similar cultures, which means we can be confident in the success of integration. Our customers will directly benefit from extended customer services and accelerated innovation.”
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Author: Sam Fenwick