Subsequent to a lengthy review of its Service Provider video business, Cisco is divesting its Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) segment. Private equity firm Permira will acquire Cisco’s video security, video experience, and video processing assets. While neither the name of the new entity, nor the value of transaction has been disclosed, it is known that Abraham Peled – NDS’ former CEO and Chairman – will reclaim his role as Chairman of the new company. Subject to regulatory approval, Cisco anticipates that the sale will complete by the end of October 2018, or within Q1 of Cisco’s 2019 financial year.
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Merrick Kingston engages in a broad spectrum of digital media and video technology research, focusing on subjects ranging from back-end network infrastructure to front-end digital video software. His expertise spans IP video distribution, digital media business models, audience measurement and analytics, and the complex technology value-chain that stretches from video backend to end-user device.
As part of the Omdia consulting business, Merrick has undertaken a wide complement of work with companies from across the value chain; his experience spans product and market-entry strategy, due diligence, competitive review and landscaping, customer profiling, and the assessment of anti-competitive practice. Merrick holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. He speaks fluent Danish, French, and Italian.
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