Harris finally wraps up Global Connectivity acquisition

Plan to purchase the company was announced last November

Harris Corp. has wrapped up its acquisition of Global Connectivity Services from Schlumberger Information Solutions for $397.5 million in cash.

The acquisition was first announced in November 2010.

Harris has combined GCS with its existing Maritime Communications Services business and its acquired CapRock Communications, along with infrastructure assets from Core180’s government business to form Harris CapRock Communications – a provider of managed communications services for remote and harsh environments, including those in the energy, government and maritime industries, according to a Harris statement April 6.

Harris CapRock Communications brings together more than three decades of experience in more than 100 countries. The business has more than 1,400 employees, a local presence in 23 countries, and a robust, self-owned and operated infrastructure that includes teleports on six continents, six round-the-clock network operations centers and an extensive terrestrial network.

The newly formed entity will leverage Harris’ expanding technology and service capabilities – along with its growing global presence – to provide integrated solutions that meet customer and market needs.

Government customers include defense, homeland security, and other federal civilian agencies.

Solutions will include mission-critical communications; converged voice, video and data; highly reliable and secure connectivity, and rapid and mobile deployments.

Harris Corp., of Melbourne, Fla., ranks No. 13 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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