As one of the main companies behind the government’s digital switch-over project for television, Arqiva recently announced that Wales was now fully converted to the new format. The company provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio and wireless communications in Britain, and also has operations in Ireland, mainland Europe and America. It was the acquisition of NTL’s broadcast infrastructure division for £1.3 billion in 2005 by a consortium led by Australian bank Macquarie that created the company. Chief executive Tom Bennie saw sales at the Winchester business grow to £806m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank56
CompanyArqiva
ActivityCommunications services provider
LocationWinchester
Sales £m806
Profit £m304
Year endJun 09
Principal shareholdersCanada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) (48%), consortium of other investors (52%)
Staff2,349
Founded2005
Websitewww.arqiva.com

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