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AT&T Buys AppNexus for a Reported $1.6 Billion

AT&T Buys AppNexus for a Reported $1.6 Billion


The takeover comes as the US-based telecommunications company looks to bolster its programmatic advertising capabilities.

Ad tech giant AppNexus has been acquired by telecommunications company AT&T, reportedly for over a billion dollars as the US-based firm looks to bolster its programmatic advertising capabilities.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but a recent report suggested that the acquisition was placed at $1.6 billion and comes following AT&T’s buyout of TimeWarner for nearly $85 million - with the firm continuing to strengthen its presence in the TV sector.

AppNexus which provides a selection of tools to measure engagement and optimise the performance of ads will be integrated across AT&T’s existing advertising and analytics.

The company also aim to build and bring new capabilities to market that will improve the value of robust ad-supported premium video content across its portfolio - which includes Turner Networks, Audience Network and Otter Media.

The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2018, with each company continuing to operate independently afterwards.

“The combination of AT&T advertising & analytics and AppNexus will help deliver a world-class advertising platform that provides brands and publishers a new and innovative way to reach consumers in the marketplace today,” said Brian Lesser, CEO of AT&T.

“Innovation is core to the heritage of both AT&T and AppNexus, and we have an exciting opportunity to chart the future course of advertising together,” commented Brian O’Kelley, CEO, AppNexus; “Combining AT&T’s incredible assets with our technology, we will help brands and marketers power new advertising experiences for consumers. It’s what the market is asking for, and together we’re poised to deliver it.”

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Mustafa Mirreh

Mustafa Mirreh

In addition to managing editorial on PerformanceIN, Mustafa reports on the latest day-to-day news updates from the world of digital marketing, while also doing social media promotion, live reporting of events, article features and interviewing key industry players and stakeholders.

Based in Bristol, Mustafa graduate with a marketing degree before delving into the world of music journalism through self-starting an online blog and collaborating with other publications. Now he has joined the PI team and has set his sights on succeeding in digital marketing.

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