Home5G & BeyondTelit to buy Thales IoT as €625 billion market beckons 

    Telit to buy Thales IoT as €625 billion market beckons 


    Thales to part own new venture based on Cinterion 

    French defence giant Thales has announced the sale of its mobile network-based Internet of Things (IoT) business, Cinterion, to US rival Telit. The division makes the ‘things’ in IoT such as gateways, modem cards and other modules and it supports all ‘internets’, from 5G and LTE, through NB-IoT to GPS and GLONASS. It employs 550 staff in 23 countries and last year it turned over €300 million. Thales will take a 25 percent stake in the new entity, which will be managed by Telit executives. Financial details were not disclosed. 

    The merger proves that IoT players are trying to scale up in anticipation of mass adoption, according to analyst Nick Wood Global IoT connections will at least double by 2030, from 13.1 billion to 29.4 billion, predicts analyst Transforma Insights. That will create revenue streams creating a $621 billion pool in 2030, compared to $213 billion in 2021.

    Buying Cinterion heightens Telit’s presence in crucial IoT-hungry industries, most notably payment systems, energy, e-health and security. Thales’ defence and security heritage strengthens Telit’s armoury with cyber-secure cellular IoT modules. Telit wants the new division to focus primarily on industrial IoT, according to Telit CEO Paolo Dal Pino’s statement in the release. So it may consequently sell off the IoT division dealing with cars and other automations.

    This transaction has the biggest impact ever for Telit, said Dal Pino. “It will [help us] address customers more precisely from a richer portfolio and deliver new offerings derived from the [pooled] experience and expertise of two companies that have promised security and quality from the very beginning,” said Dal Pino.

    Meanwhile Thales will focus on its three core activities in aerospace, defence and security, and digital identity and security, according to Philippe Vallée, EVP of digital identity and security at Thales. The new Thales-Telit combo has a unique set of engineering expertise, complementary products and experience in cellular connectivity, said Vallée.

    In late 2020, Swiss IoT logistics company U-blox tried to buy Telit, but baulked at the terms of the deal which it eventually declined by January 2021. In May 2021, UK-based private equity firm Dbay Advisors agreed to acquire Telit in a deal valuing the company at £320 million. The transaction closed in September, at which point Telit de-listed from the London Stock Exchange.