UBM plc acquires 4G World exhibition and conference

UBM has acquired the annual 4G World telecoms and wireless trade show from Yankee Group Research on behalf of UBM TechWeb.

4G World is the largest independent telecoms and wireless event serving the US market.  It is held annually in the autumn, with last year’s show attracting 8,500 registered attendees and 250 sponsors. The comprehensive conference program delivers updates on the latest innovations in wireless business and technology, featuring 200 leading industry speakers.

4G World serves the fast growing mobile broadband market, which is expected to serve 2.5 billion 4G subscribers by 2016 (source: Pyramid Research).  UBM TechWeb will leverage its Light Reading and InformationWeek communities – which include key service provider and enterprise technology decision-makers – to further develop 4G World as an integrated event platform for 4G marketers around the globe.

Last year’s event ran 24-27 October 2011 and generated revenues of approximately $3.2 million. Gross assets as at 31 October 2011 were $0.2 million. The acquisition is expected to exceed UBM’s cost of capital criterion in its first full year of ownership.

The 4G World operational team, led by John Sellazzo, are based in Massachusetts. Eight employees are transferring with the business.

Tony Uphoff, CEO of UBM TechWeb said:

“This acquisition expands our offering in the rapidly-accelerating mobile broadband market.  4G World brings a valuable brand to our portfolio, and will immediately be able to tap into our thriving Light Reading and InformationWeek online communities serving global communications providers, enterprise technology executives, developers and the 4G marketers tasked with reaching them.  I would like to welcome John Sellazzo and his team into UBM TechWeb and I look forward to working with them to drive the business forward in close co-operation with Joseph Braue, Group Director of UBM Techweb’s Light Reading Communications Network.”

USA, Massachusetts

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