The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved Motorola's $1.9bn acquisition of Airwave.
Airwave is the private operator of a public safety network offering mission-critical voice and data communications to more than 300 emergency and public service agencies in the UK, including police, fire, rescue and ambulance services.
Motorola completed the acquisition of Airwave in February as part of a bid to expand into the managed and support services area.
The CMA had several concerns about the purchase, and launched an inquiry on 5 May. "The CMS is considering whether it is, or may be, the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition in any market or markets in the UK for goods or services."
Airwave had pursued a legal challenge against the Home Office over how a recent tender for the Emergency Services Network was run. The tender was won by EE, and Airwave suggested that bidders were not given equal treatment under relevant procurement laws.
"We have therefore made a claim in order to protect our position for any loss suffered," the company said.
Airwave added at the time that it will not stand in the way of the Home Office lifting a suspension of the procurement process for the ESN Communications Programme, and the legal action was finally dropped when Motorola bought Airwave.
Airwave will run the existing Tetra programme until 2017. Liam Maxwell, who was government chief technology officer at the time, claimed in 2014 that the £450m a year Airwave contract cost six times more than it should.
The CMA said that a full text version of the Motorola decision will be made available shortly.
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