Having recently expanded into the high-definition TV market, Arqiva is one of two main transmitter and broadcast companies in Britain. Created in 2005 when a consortium led by Macquarie, the Australian bank, bought NTL’s broadcast infrastructure arm for £1.3 billion. The Hampshire based company’s clients include ITV, Channel 4, Classic FM, the RNLI and the Metropolitan Police. In November 2006 Arqiva acquired parts of BT’s Satellite Broadcast Services business for £25m. Sales reached £361.8m in 2007.

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Company details
ActivityCommunications services provider
Sales £m361.8
Operating profit £m105.9
Main shareholdersMacquarie Communications Infrastructure Group (61%), consortium of other investors (39%)

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