Arris and Tandberg Television are merging in a deal worth $1.2 billion, the companies disclosed Monday.

Arris (NASDAQ: ARRS), which is based in Suwanee, is paying cash and stock valued at $14.93 per share for Tandberg, which is based in Norway.

The combined firm will be offer to provide delivery of voice, video and data services over any network and to any device, the companies said in a joint statement.

Among its competitors in that space is Cisco Systems, which acquired Atlanta-based Scientific Atlanta, a provider of cable TV and video-on-demand technology, 2005.

ARRIS provides voice over Internet Protocol-based data broadband network equipment and consumer devices.

“The combination of Arris and Tandberg Television is positive for the digital media industry and a truly exceptional opportunity for both companies,” said Bob Stanzione, chairman and chief executive officer of Arris. “By bringing together these two market leaders we are able to expand on our vision to be the global leader in the provision of digital IP infrastructure and to enable voice, video and data to be delivered over integrated broadband networks from the content provider to the head-end to the home.

"With this merger we are creating a new force, with best in class technologies and an outstanding team of people with a unique understanding of all service provider networks, the technologies that enable them and the content that travels through them,” he added.

Tandberg owns 25 percent of the market in global video processing and provides compression, on-demand and interactive television solutions. Tandberg specializes in Internet Protocol TV, high definition TV and on-demand TV and is the largest maker of video-encoding systems for IPTV and HDTV, according to Bloomberg news service.

Together the company will have more than 1,600 employees and more than 2,000 customers in over 100 countries.

In 2005, Tannberg acquired Atlanta-based N2 Broadband.