Sonus buys Taqua to address the VoLTE and VoWiFi boom

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Sonus has purchased Taqua, adding to its wireline and wireless IP platform at a time of multi-network convergence and of increasing deployments of VoLTE and VoWiFi.

Sonus pay at least $20m in cash for Taqua, gaining additional switching and mobile network capabilities. There is potential for additional cash payments if certain revenue thresholds are exceeded.

Taqua has deployed over 400 next generation voice over IP (VoIP) systems for service providers, supporting over 4m subscribers. The deal will help Sonus expand its wireline portfolio by adding a Class 5 Softswitch (T7000) and a multimedia controller (T7100), but will also help with the larger firm’s wireless push, bringing a virtualized mobile core (VMC) and an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core to complement Sonus’s session border controller (SBC) and Diameter routers for IMS-based mobile systems.

That aspect of the deal mirrors acquisitions by other wireline networking firms like Brocade (which bought VMC maker Connectem), as they look to expand their offerings for mobile and fixed/mobile networks, to target service providers and mobile-first enterprises. Taqua’s VMC is specifically geared to VoIP and VoLTE deployments.

Sonus CEO Ray Dolan said: “This addresses the emerging opportunity for VoLTE and VoWiFi and ties those two radio modalities to existing 2G and 3G networks. This will be an enormous goal market and as it evolves we will shift from the terminology of fixed and mobile to radio access and core.”

He added: “The product sets can go together right away. We have already deployed this combination on the virtual mobile core and our proxy CSCF function in one off-shore deployment and we have had extensive discussions and lab demos with Tier 1 carriers around the world.”

The deal will also allow Taqua’s technology to reach into larger accounts, out of its traditional Tier 2 and 3 base, which could reverse its recent revenue decline.

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Caroline has been analyzing and reporting in the hi-tech industries since 1986 and has a huge wealth of experience of technology trends and how they impact on business models. She started her career as a journalist, specializing in enterprise and carrier networks and in silicon technologies. She spent much of her journalistic career at VNU Business Publishing, then Europe’s largest producer of technology publications and information services . She was publishing director for the launch of VNU’s pan-European online content services, and then European editorial director. She then made the move from publishing into technology market analysis and consulting, and in 2002 co-founded Rethink Technology Research with Peter White. Rethink specializes in trends and business models for wireless, converged and quad play operators round the world and the technologies that support them. Caroline’s role is to head up the wireless side of the business, leading the creation of research, newsletters and consulting services focused on mobile platforms and operator models. In this role, she has become a highly recognized authority on 4G systems such as LTE and WiMAX, and a prolific speaker at industry events. Consulting and research clients come from major mobile operators, the wireless supply chain and financial institutions.

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