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Warwick-based Telent, a specialist in the design, build, support and management of the UK's critical digital infrastructure, has expanded with the acquisition of a technology services company.
The Harlequin Group was founded in 1993 and specialises in mobile and fixed line sectors, working on site acquisition, town and country planning, community relations, estates management, valuation, technical surveys, civil and electrical design and site build services. It works from offices in Chatham, Bromsgrove and Livingston.
The deal is designed to enable Telent to provide a comprehensive range of services to support MNOs with all aspects of implementing public 5G networks.
Jo Gretton, chief executive of Telent, said: “Telent has an established and successful business supporting the UK's MNOs with the deployment of their networks and base station infrastructure.
“With our strong background in wireless network deployment, our area of focus has historically been more on the physical build and construction activity. The addition of the site acquisition, planning and design capability that the team at Harlequin bring to Telent enables us to provide a complete and compelling proposition for the UK MNO market. 
“The timing of this acquisition is ideal as the UK's mobile networks are ramping up their transition to 5G technology.”
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Telent, the Harlequin Group will form a part of the company's network services division and will continue to trade with the Harlequin brand.
David Summers, managing director and founder of the Harlequin Group, said: “Telent are recognised as a leading player in the construction of both fixed and mobile telecoms infrastructure. The scale and reach that Telent offer – combined with the expertise of the Harlequin Group in acquisition, planning and design – will offer a really powerful proposition for MNOs. 
“The resulting synergies will benefit both Telent's and Harlequin's existing customers and create the opportunity to further scale-up as the migration towards 5G gathers pace.  Being part of Telent also offers exciting opportunities for additional personal and professional development for the team at Harlequin.”  
Telent were supported with this acquisition by Pinsent Mason LLP and Ernst & Young LLP. The Harlequin Group were advised on the sale by RSM UK Corporate Finance LLP and Hill Dickinson LLP.
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