telent has acquired the Alan Campbell Group (ACG), a communications infrastructure provider in the UK telecommunications and broadcast sectors. The acquisition is in line with the company’s strategy to broaden its service offering to both existing and new customers, and to enter complementary adjacent markets.

Established in 1980, ACG employs around 240 people and has annual revenues in excess of £20 M. The company provides a range of end-to-end solutions across the UK, including network design, microwave and cellular installation and commissioning, logistical and technical support services and major construction and broadcast site services. ACG’s main customer base includes (in alphabetical order); Airwave, Arqiva, Ericsson, National Grid Wireless, Nokia (now NSN), Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

ACG will continue to operate as a distinct business in its own right within telent, and the ACG customer-focused culture of excellent delivery and quality will be protected and developed. As a result of this transaction, ACG will now have access to a broader range of skills and capabilities, creating the potential to deliver a wider range of services, and reducing risks of dependencies on individual contracts.

The acquisition reinforces telent’s offering in wireless infrastructure services, and opens up a new business in broadcast services for the company. ACG’s existing installation and design skills, along with the field force of over 160 people will also complement telent’s 1,000 strong engineering field force.

Mark Plato, CEO of telent, commented, "telent has established a solid reputation for designing, installing and maintaining critical networks and communications systems for telecommunications operators, as well as large public and private enterprises. With ACG, we will deepen and extend our infrastructure offering, particularly in wireless, and gain a presence in new and exciting markets, particularly the UK broadcast sector.”