Arris has sold its Whole Home Solution (WHS) unit to Canadian OTT interface and software vendor Espial for an undisclosed sum.
Espial, a longtime collaborator with Arris, will acquire WHS's client and server products, as well as an operations team based in Kirkland, Washington and several network operations and cloud data centers.
Arris has sold WHS to MSO clients including WideOpenWest, Shaw Communications and Buckeye Cable System. The unit developed out of Arris's $20 million purchase of Paul Allen's Diego set-top business back in 2009.
Under terms of the deal, Arris will continue to provide product/hardwear support for the WHS unit. Espial will focus on the service side of the business.
"Combining the WHS technology and Arris team with Espial will broaden the capability of the overall organization and accelerate the pace of innovation," said Bruce McClelland, president of network, cloud and global services for Arris. "This speed is needed to meet increasing customer and consumer demand. Arris will continue to focus our R&D investment on the greater broadband and video ecosystem, dedicated to enabling next-gen entertainment and communication experiences that are connected and personalized.
"We will work closely with Espial to make this a seamless experience for our customers, and we will partner with Espial to support WHS, including a strong roadmap of new innovative devices. We believe this signifies our confidence in Espial's value proposition for WHS customers, employees, and consumers," McClelland added.
Espial expects the deal to close in the third quarter.
"WHS expands our solution portfolio with a cloud-hosted video-as-a-service platform that is complimentary to and will leverage Espial's current solutions for next-generation IP video services," said Jaison Dolvane, CEO of Espial. "By driving service velocity and innovation for our service provider customers, we expect to help them improve subscriber satisfaction, reduce churn and increase revenue. Espial gains a broad base of new customer relationships and further scales our world-class integration, operations, and software development teams."
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