Pace Acquires Latens Systems

Deal will strengthen Pace in U.S. and conditional access markets
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U.K. settop box and digital TV technology provider Pace plc has announced that it has acquired Latens Systems Ltd, a Belfast-based software and conditional access specialist. Under the terms of the deal, Pace will not pay more than £28.75 million ($46.5 million) for Latens, with £10 million ($16.2 million) of the purchase price to be deferred and payable in 2012 according to what Pace is calling "the achievement of conditions."

The deal is the third acquisition announced this year by Pace, which also announced a bid for residential gateway provider 2Wire and a deal to buy Bewan, which also supplies gateways.

Those deals, combined with Latens, would strengthen Pace's position in the gateway and conditional access markets and also potentially in the U.S., where Latens supplies telcos with conditional access solutions.

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