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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