Telit acquires Thales’ cellular IoT products to establish Telit Cinterion

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Telit is acquiring Thale’s portfolio of cellular IoT products to establish a combined firm called Telit Cinterion.

Paolo Dal Pino, CEO of Telit, said: “Innovation, scale and efficient IoT solutions are key for success. This transaction with Thales is arguably the most impactful one for Telit competitiveness.

“While it will boost our ability to address customer needs more precisely from a richer portfolio, it will also enable us to deliver all-new offerings derived from the experience, expertise and the DNA of two companies that have made security and quality part of their brand promise from the very beginning.”

Telit Cinterion will be based in California and aims to be “a leading Western provider” of IoT solutions.

Under the terms of the transaction, Telit will acquire Thales’ cellular wireless communication modules, gateways, and data (modem) cards, ranging from 4G LTE, LPWAN to 5G.

Philippe Vallée, EVP of Digital Identity and Security at Thales, commented: “The Thales and Telit combination brings together complementary strengths. The business will provide a unique value proposition in a highly competitive global IoT market and will allow Thales to focus its investments on its three core activities in aerospace, defence and security, and digital identity.

“The new combination will rely on a unique set of expertise brought by Thales and Telit employees. It will also benefit from leveraging both companies’ strong and complementary product portfolio and Thales’s experience in cellular connectivity.”

Pending regulatory approvals and other conditions, the transaction is expected to close in Q4 2022. Telit Cinterion plans to spin off the automotive IoT unit to sharpen its focus on the Industrial IoT.

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