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Cisco to sell service provider video business; new Pay TV vendor will emerge, headed by Abe Peled

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A new company backed by the Permira Funds has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) business. Following the close of the transaction, the Permira Funds will create a new, rebranded company focused on developing and delivering video solutions for the Pay TV industry.

The new company will encompass a broad portfolio, including Cisco’s Infinite Video Platform, cloud digital video recording, video processing, video security, video middleware, and services groups. On paper it sounds as if this amounts to much of what was previously NDS before it was bought by Cisco. Cisco will retain the video and media technology related to its core business in networking, multi-cloud, security, data, and collaboration.

The sale of the Cisco SPVSS business has been approved by Cisco’s Board of Directors and the transaction is expected to close in Cisco’s Q1 of FY19, subject to any regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Dr. Abe Peled, former Chairman and CEO of NDS and adviser to the Permira Funds, will serve as Chairman of the new company.

“This is a unique opportunity to lead and shape the video industry during its transition with the flexibility of a private company,” Dr Peled says. “The new company will have the scale, technology innovation and world-class team to deliver outstanding go-to-market execution, customer engagement, and new end-user experiences.

“Cisco has built a profitable business in the video space with innovations to capitalise on IP distribution and cloud-based services. These combined assets provide a significant new opportunity for the new company. I am thrilled to be working again in this area with Permira, which is committed to innovation and support for our Pay TV customers. I look forward to the ongoing working relationship with Cisco in support of our mutual customers.”

Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO at Cisco, adds: “We are proud of our innovation in video and the customer momentum that the Service Provider Video group has built. With the leadership team and Abe as Chairman, the new company is well-positioned to drive this work forward and continue to deliver the solutions that meet the current and future needs of service provider video customers. Service providers remain a key customer segment for Cisco, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them to deliver new revenue-generating services and experiences.”

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