Nautel Expands Product and Technology Portfolio with International Acquisitions 

France based Radio Communications Innovators, Digidia and Kenta, join the Nautel family of companies and add significant broadcast and maritime communications market presence.  

Hackett’s Cove, Nova Scotia (February 10th , 2021)– Nautel today announced that it has acquired ownership of two innovative France based technology companies, Digidia and Kenta. The addition of the two companies expands Nautel’s existing offerings to customers in the broadcast and maritime communications sectors.

The acquisitions expand Nautel’s core product lines, enhancing the company’s extensive expertise in high-power electronics design and digital signal processing. Digidia, founded in 2005, has developed rare design knowledge related to DAB+ and DRM. In addition, the company has created specialized solutions that address synchronization of radio transmissions for highway projects or to allow radio reception within Europe’s numerous mountain tunnels.  Digidia will continue as a separate entity, serving its customers out of its fully integrated design and manufacturing facility in Rennes, France.

Kenta was established in 1990 and had been acquired by Digidia in 2011; the company has gained extensive experience in the development of Radio Frequency Communication Systems, mainly in the area of Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS) for telephony or voice transmission. The company offers complete turnkey transmitter and receiver solutions for MF, HF and VHF systems and can provide both coastal stations and Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) software. Kenta operates out of its fully integrated design and manufacturing facility in Quimper, France.

Former shareholders Hermann Zensen, Manuel Billot and Damien Bernard will remain as executives for the two companies.

“We are absolutely excited to welcome the talented teams of Digidia and Kenta to the Nautel family,” said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel President and CEO. “Together with Nautel’s existing transmission products we will be able to better serve an even larger base of customers worldwide.”

“Nautel has achieved exceptional customer acceptance for its line of broadcast transmitters and more recent success for its Sonar and Navigational products,” said Hermann Zensen, Sales Manager on behalf of the Digidia and Kenta management team. “We believe this is a perfect partnership that makes more resources and opportunities available for our teams and allows Kenta and Digidia to better serve our customers and continue our growth.”  

About Nautel

Nautel is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters with key contributions in the field of digital broadcasting. In addition, Nautel is a leading manufacturer of sonar amplifiers, sonar transducers, navigational beacons, eLORAN, NAVTEX, and weather radio transmitters.Focused on making transmission worry-free for broadcast users worldwide, Nautel transmitters employ advanced control, monitoring and instrumentation tools which simplify management of transmitter sites, both locally and remotely via Web access. Three ISO-certified manufacturing facilities in North America provide comprehensive design, fabrication, assembly, and testing. With over 16,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1969, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for broadcast and navigation applications. For more information visit www.nautel.comwww.nautelnav.com, and  www.nautelsonar.com. 

About Digidia

Digidia has emerged as one of the leading companies for digital radio transmission equipment with more than 300 digital radio deployments all over the world in three technologies: Synchronous FM, DAB/DAB+/DMB (Eureka147) and DRM30/DRM+,  all covered with a broad and complete product line including multiplexers, content servers, modulators, IP gateways, monitoring equipment, professional receivers, encoders, decoders and tunnel break-in products.  For more information visit www.digidia.fr

About Kenta

Kenta has gained recognized experience worldwide in the development of Radio Frequency Communication Systems, mainly in the GMDSS field for Telephony or Voice, DSC, AIS, NAVTEX etc. applications. KENTA has the complete solution for MF, HF and VHF systems (transmitters and receivers) and can provide both coastal stations and MRCC software (Server, VoIP, and DSC operator console, NAVTEX operator console etc.). Kenta is able to manage a complete project from the coverage study to the supply and the installation of Turnkey Radio Communication Projects. For more information visitwww.kenta.fr