Megahertz was founded in 1982 by a group of engineers who had previously worked at Pye TVT in Cambridge and began working from premises in Newmarket, Suffolk. Most of the early jobs were fixed and mobile projects for the major UK broadcasters.
The first major expansion came in 1992 when Philips took a stake in the business to provide an integration partner for their broadcast equipment supplier, BTS. This resulted in a large increase in the number of projects, especially outside the UK. This increase necessitated a move to bigger premises in Cambridge in 1994.
The expansion continued through the 1990s including the acquisition companies specialising in carpentry, metalworking and electronic assembly. Megahertz also purchased Eddystone Radio based in Birmingham from GEC, and set up a regional office in Rome. During this time, Megahertz started a parts catalogue company (Megahertz System Supplies) to market Megahertz and third-party products, and installation materials.
In 2001, the decision was taken to split the business. Megahertz Broadcast Systems continued with the systems integration side and the remaining parts became Ring Communications.
Azcar Technologies, a broadcast systems integrator based in North America, had been looking to expand their activities in the rest of the world and took a stake in Megahertz in 2003.
Business in large mobile units increased during this time and it became clear that the building in Cambridge was not ideal. A new site was found in Ely, and Megahertz had a bespoke building designed and built to suit its needs. The company moved to its existing premises on Lancaster Way Business Park at the beginning of 2005.
As the coach building side of the business continued to expand, more space was needed, so Megahertz took over the adjoining premises in 2006. This area became the coach building workshop complete with vehicle lift, welding bay, paint shop and all the heavy machinery needed for this type of work.
During 2010, Azcar ran into difficulties in their domestic markets and decided to sell their stake in Megahertz to KIT Digital. KIT, which later became Piksel, were mainly a media software services company, but they already had 2 other broadcast system integration companies based on Florida and Prague.
Between 2010 and 2013, a large number of projects were completed around the world, including South Africa, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Venezuela.
Towards the end of 2013, Piksel decided to concentrate on their core software business and sold Megahertz to a group of shareholders.
From 2013 onwards, international business continued with large projects in Oman, Malaysia, France and Germany, but work in the UK increased with almost 50 vehicles for the BBC and a further 10 for BT Media & Broadcast.
Although the ownership of Megahertz has changed over the years, the company has continued to serve the media industry and offer leading edge solutions, including:
First HD Production Vehicle for the Middle East
First Fully Remote-Controlled IP-based VSAT Vehicle for News
First UHD Links Vehicle