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UNITED KINGDOM | September 12th, 2012 – Informa Telecoms & Media, which delivers a combination of high quality events, business-critical research and training, announced today the acquisition of COMSYS Events Limited, a subsidiary of Communication Systems Limited, which organizes and presents the VSAT conference and other industry-leading events in the telecommunications and satellite industries.

Held in the United Kingdom, the VSAT conference focuses on key telecommunications issues and the latest developments in the global marketplace by bringing together the top decision-makers and most experienced people in the industry.

Simon Bull of Communication Systems Limited said, “This deal with Informa allows COMSYS to concentrate on our core research and advisory work in the satellite space and we’ll be working closely with Informa to make sure that the unique COMSYS understanding of the VSAT industry is carried forward to the conference in the future. Adrian, Jeremy and myself are really looking forward to working with a world class conference company like Informa to make the VSAT Conference even more useful to both our delegates and sponsors.”

We’re really happy to bring the VSAT conference into our stable of events. As the long-term market-leading event which serves to develop and enhance the VSAT community, it’s a perfect fit with what we try to do with all of our events. We’re looking forward to working closely with all stakeholders in this exciting industry,” said Ian Hemming, CEO of Informa Telecoms & Media.

Redwood Capital Group served as exclusive financial advisor to Communication Systems Limited in connection with the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Communication Systems Limited

Communication Systems Limited is a specialized telecommunications consultancy with a core expertise in satellite and VSAT systems. Known as the foremost VSAT consultancy in the world through its research and analysis, the Company produces a wide range of reports and custom advice. With a focus in different fields within the satellite business, the Company has the capabilities of conducting primary research, forecasting, due diligence and competitive analysis in mobile, fixed, ground and space satellite systems. The Company partners with Stellar Solutions (USA), which provides access to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) qualified and specialized experts. Communication Systems Limited is headquartered in the United Kingdom.

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About COMSYS Events Limited

COMSYS Events Limited organizes the VSAT Conference, which is the only event focused solely on VSAT technologies, products, services and applications. The Conference is held annually in London during September.

About Informa

Informa Telecoms & Media (formerly a subsidiary of Informa plc.) is the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets. The Company provides research data related to broadband and fixed, handsets and devices, media and entertainment, mobile content and applications, mobile markets and strategies, and networks and infrastructure categories. In addition, it delivers learning and networking opportunities via annual conferences, large scale exhibitions, and training programs. The company serves blue-chip vendors, operators, and regulators, as well as financial and content communities. Founded and incorporated in 1972, Informa is based in London, United Kingdom.

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Drake Star Partners is a global investment banking firm serving the technology, media and communications sectors (TMC) with offices in New York, London, Paris, Munich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berlin, Geneva, Singapore* and Dubai*. The firm focuses on M&A and corporate finance for its clients worldwide. Drake Star Partners completed over 400 transactions since 2004, 70% of which are cross-border.

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