Cable connector vendor PPC has agreed in principle to buy Englewood, Colo.-based Evolution Broadband, but Evolution Digital will remain a separate entity.
Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close over the next 30 to 60 days, weren’t disclosed.
PPC said the acquisition of Evolution Broadband would unite two proven lines of complementary products and services into one extensive portfolio. All PPC and Evolution Broadband customers will have access to the combined product portfolios of both companies.
PPC makes cable connectors and filters for the cable, satellite TV and wireless industries, while Evolution Broadband’s focus is on in-home network gear.
"As a long-time PPC partner, Evolution Broadband has served and complemented PPC's own sales force by winning successful sales deals, transitioning customers to our product line and providing excellent service," said PPC President John Mezzalingua. "The company's exciting product portfolio is a natural fit with the PPC product line, and the combination of our unique solutions will yield even greater value and utility to customers in the broadband industry. The upcoming acquisition represents tremendous opportunities for PPC, enabling further innovation and growth and unlimited potential to improve the reliability of broadband networks."
Evolution Digital will continue its focus on selling and developing products for cable operators that help them reclaim bandwidth by converting to an all-digital environment.
Last year, Evolution Digital received a three-year waiver  from the Federal Communications Commission for its low-cost set-top box that included a digital terminal adapter.
Evolution Digital also has a partnership with TiVo that features an over-the-top VOD-like service for small- to mid-size cable operators without the traditional VOD infrastructure.
Evolution Digital will continue to be managed by Principal Chris Egan and President Brent Smith.
“Speaking on behalf of Evolution Digital, this division was very much operating separately from Evolution Broadband and Evolution Canada,” Smith said. “Our focus has been to offer North American cable operators with an alternative to the digital solutions provided by the incumbents Cisco and Motorola. Evolution Broadband and Evolution Canada were focused on delivering a complete portfolio of products and solutions to improve the integrity of the drop. The acquisition of Evolution Broadband and Evolution Canada by PPC is logical and will greatly enhance and complement their existing product portfolio.
“We at Evolution Digital are excited at the prospect of now being a standalone entity, which can build on the success we have had with our low-cost DTA products, as well as [our] full turnkey digital platform, using Conax conditional access, and TiVo advanced set-top boxes.”