Motorola last January had a 19 percent stake in Tetra Ireland, which provides a secure communications network used by Ireland’s emergency services.
Motorola Solutions has acquired secure communications provider Tetra Ireland for an undisclosed sum. A source within the company told SiliconRepublic.com it now owns a 100 percent stake in Tetra Ireland.
The deal follows Eir’s decision last January to sell his majority stake in Tetra to Digital 9 Infrastructure, a recently formed investment trust.
Digital 9 acquired a 56 percent stake in Tetra Ireland from Eir and hinted at plans to take full control of Tetra for a total consideration of €135.7 million. However, this was dependent on other shareholders Sigma Networks and Motorola, who held 25 and 19 percent respectively in the company at the time.
Growing up from a minority shareholder to the full owner of Tetra Ireland, Motorola said this acquisition demonstrates a commitment to growing its global managed and support services business.
“Delivering, managing and operating critical LMR networks is fundamental to what we do,” said Greg Brown, CEO and president of Motorola Solutions. “As a trusted technology partner in Ireland for over 40 years, we look forward to continuing to provide the interoperable mission-critical communications that Irish emergency and public services rely on every day.”
Motorola Solutions said it owns networks and security operations centers around the world and supports a wide variety of industries, including public safety, mining, oil and gas and public transportation.
Tetra Ireland operates the state’s National Digital Radio Service (NDRS) and has been the exclusive operator of public safety communications networks since it won a government contract in 2006. The company offered to renew this contract in 2020.
Tetra’s network offers a higher level of security, resiliency and redundancy compared to services offered by commercial mobile operators. The platform promises a geographical coverage of 98 pc. including mountainous and remote rural locations, making it a useful communications network for Irish emergency services.
About 97 percent of Tetra’s customer base consists of government agencies, comprising approximately 70 agencies with 24,000 active subscribers.
Tetra’s network users include An Garda Siochána, the National Ambulance Service, the Dublin Fire Brigade, the Irish Coast Guard, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Irish Prison Service, EirGrid, the Irish Naval Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Office of Public Works, Irish Water and ESB Networks.
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