NEP Group Acquires SIS LIVE, Expanding Venue-Connectivity Presence

The move complements NEP’s Broadcast Services and Media Solutions businesses

NEP Group has acquired SIS LIVE Ltd., a leading provider of connectivity services and subsidiary of UK-based Sports Information Services (SIS). The acquisition will enable NEP to offer additional and enhanced connectivity capabilities critical to delivering the best managed services and solutions to clients. Financial details were unavailable at press time.

Following the acquisition, SIS LIVE will eventually be renamed NEP Connect.

“It’s a great fit culturally for both of our companies and a win for clients and our teams all around,” says Stephen Jenkins, president, NEP UK & Ireland.

Following a short transition period, SIS LIVE will become NEP Connect, serving clients globally as part of the NEP Worldwide Network and marketed under the NEP brand. SIS LIVE’s current leadership team will continue to run the business under the direction of Managing Director David Meynell, who will report into the NEP UK & Ireland division.

The acquisition complements NEP’s Broadcast Services and Media Solutions businesses, strengthening the company’s support of sports, broadcast, and entertainment clients across the UK, Europe, and worldwide. The addition is also consistent with NEP’s stated strategy to grow its Media Solutions segment, and connectivity capabilities are critical to NEP’s delivering a full suite of managed services that enable NEP’s clients to make, manage, and show the world their content.

With two dedicated network-operations centers providing 24/7 service monitoring and management, 17 antennas across two geographically diverse teleports, more than 150 connected venues, a large hybrid fiber and satellite fleet, and fully managed services, SIS LIVE is a leading provider of global critical connectivity services delivering content to millions of viewers worldwide. Its core Anylive fiber network has more than 150 access points at major sports venues, entertainment complexes, and other connectivity centers supporting such clients as BBC, ITV, ITN, Sky Sports, SIS, ARC, TRP, and Tata.

“We have worked with NEP for a number of years and have been impressed by their technical innovation and consistent, superior service to their clients,” says David Meynell, managing director, SIS LIVE. “I’m extremely proud of all we’ve accomplished at SIS LIVE and pleased that combining talents and resources with a company like NEP will take our business to the next level.”

SIS CEO Richard Ames explains that it was immediately apparent during the sale process that NEP Group has significant opportunity to grow its Media Solutions segment, and SIS LIVE has the infrastructure, people, and services that support that strategic objective. “We look forward to continuing to work with SIS LIVE as a long-term supply partner.”

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