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Harris Corporation to Acquire Schlumberger Global Connectivity Services

Mon, 11/08/2010 - 6:26am
MELBOURNE, Fla. and HOUSTON, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Global Connectivity Services (GCS) business from Schlumberger Information Solutions, an operating unit of Schlumberger Limited.

The acquisition will significantly extend Harris' capabilities as a global provider of mission-critical, end-to-end managed satellite communications services for customers operating in remote and harsh environments – including the energy, government and maritime industries. Schlumberger GCS will be combined with recently acquired CapRock Communications to form Harris CapRock Communications.

With customers in more than 50 countries, Schlumberger GCS provides global communication services for a wide range of customers primarily in the oil and gas industries, including Schlumberger. With principal operations in the United Kingdom, Norway, Singapore and the U.S., Schlumberger GCS has 400 employees in more than 25 countries, as well as 12 globally deployed teleports, a 24x7 Network Operations Center (NOC), worldwide terrestrial infrastructure, and Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) manufacturing capabilities in the U.K. and Singapore.

The agreement to acquire Schlumberger GCS follows the Harris acquisition of CapRock Communications on July 30, 2010. CapRock Communications is a premier global provider of managed satellite communications solutions – including broadband Internet, IP voice services, secure networking and real-time video – for the energy, government and maritime industries, as well as for disaster recovery. CapRock's robust global infrastructure includes four self-owned and operated teleports and 11 regional support centers across North America, Central and South America, Europe, West Africa and Asia Pacific.

"Combining Schlumberger GCS with CapRock Communications will create an organization with unsurpassed global satellite network capabilities, broad service offerings, and a large experienced service team to provide customers with superior remote and in-the-field support," said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO of Harris.  "Harris CapRock Communications will be able to use its capabilities and expertise to offer customers the most secure, reliable and efficient solutions in the industry."

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