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Keysight Technologies to buy Anite for $606M

Posted: 22 Jun 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:test and measurement? acquisition? M&A? NEMO?

Keysight Technologies announced its plans to acquire Anite for $606 million, a move that will have a huge impact in the test and measurement industry, as two of the leading R&D companies merge to develop a wider product offering to their customers.

From the moment Agilent Technologies spun off its test-and-measurement business into Keysight Technologies, the industry has been watching for the company's next move. Besides numerous new product announcements and product upgrades, this acquisition was sudden, but not unexpected. Keysight and Anite have been in partnership for a while and house exquisite synergy.

Anite is expected to further strengthen Keysight's R&D position, especially in software-layer testing for design verification of mobile devices. In addition, Anite's network testing product line, NEMO, will give Keysight an opportunity to enter a new, exciting and rapidly growing market.

According to Frost & Sullivan's latest research, Global Wireless Test Equipment Market, the total global revenues reached the $ 3.4 billion mark in 2014 with the mobile device testing portion of it of over $2 billion. With this acquisition, Keysight Technologies and Anite are estimated to contribute over 25 per cent to the mobile device test equipment market globally, making Keysight the largest market participant and the leading T&M company.

The consumer adoption of smartphones drives the demand for wireless test equipment. Consumer desire to surf the web on their mobile device, make payments with their smartphone, use mobile entertainment services and the concept of BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) presents the problem of limited speed and bandwidth that service providers are struggling to solve. In addition, smart devices accounted for 21 per cent of the total mobile devices in 2013; they also accounted for 88 per cent of the mobile data traffic. On an average, a smart device generated 29 times more traffic than a non-smart device.

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