Merger combines two sat-com companies

Miami-based Emerging Markets Communications signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire MTN Communications.
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Miami-based Emerging Markets Communications signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire MTN Communications.

The combined entities bring together professionals in the remote communications industry, servicing land and maritime-based customers. The acquisition will benefit the organizations’ combined 1,600 vessels and more than 8,000 land-based customer sites in the most hard to reach places on all continents and in every ocean, said EMC, a satellite communications company.

MTN provides communications and content for remote locations.

Customers will represent multiple verticals, including maritime, energy, cruise lines and ferries, yachts, non-governmental organizations, telecommunications providers, global enterprises and governments. The combined entity will be one of the largest independent providers of satellite connectivity services for land-based sites and maritime vessels worldwide.

The company also will be the largest provider of connectivity services in some of the most strategic verticals within the satellite industry, backed by ABRY Partners, a private equity firm specializing in funding some of the most successful communications companies in North America, with more than $42 billion of completed transactions.

“Our vision is to create the next-generation mobility platform offering the most reliable, secure and cost-effective connectivity solutions for people and businesses on-the-move — and in far-reaching places — on land and at sea — and the acquisition of MTN makes this vision a reality,” EMC founder and CEO Abel Avellan said in a statement.

“We are bringing together two global communications leaders to meet customers’ unprecedented requirements for land-like connectivity, content and voice services in the world’s furthest reaching corners,” said Mark Walter, president and chief operating officer of Miramar, Fla.-based MTN. “Our combined talent, networks and product set will deliver capabilities and scalability no other provider can offer.”

“Since our customers ask for greater speeds and exponentially higher throughput every year, combining into one entity enhances our ability to bring invaluable solutions, with the highest levels of service, for business and mission-critical operations globally,” said Errol Olivier, executive vice chairman, MTN. “We are excited about the enhanced scale and global resources we will bring in our mission to exceed customer demands.”

“By integrating EMC and MTN, we will put together all of the key building blocks to create the most complete, globally scalable mobility platform, along with unique services, truly different from any provider in the market,” Avellan said.

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