Tekelec pulled off a rare double acquisition with the simultaneous purchase of Camiant and Blueslice Networks.
The price tag for the former will be about $130 million, while the outlay for the latter was $35 million. The acquisition of Blueslice has already been completed, Tekelec said.
With these purchases, Tekelec believes it will be the only vendor to have consolidated session management, policy management, subscriber data management, network and business intelligence, and mobile messaging – several activities perhaps more related on the conceptual level than they are in actual implementation.
Tekelec’s goal with the acquisitions is to devise a layer of intelligence that gives service providers new real-time abilities to manage their networks based on dynamic policy control, unified subscriber profiles and session management, including network routing data.
These capabilities will enable service providers to deliver high-quality and differentiated broadband data services, the company explained. For example, service providers will be able to lower network costs and generate new revenues through personalized services, applications and bandwidth optimization. In addition, network operations, marketing and customer service teams will be able to transition subscribers to next-generation networks, identify new service needs, improving the quality of service and reducing churn.
Tekelec has focused on the wireless market, specifically LTE and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) technologies as applied to wireless.
While Camiant has long had cable as a market, it has also sold its session and policy management systems in the wireless market. Verizon Wireless, for example, is a recent new customer; it is using Camiant products in the LTE network it is building. Other customers include Vodafone, Sprint, Comcast and Cox Communications.
Blueslice specializes in subscriber data management, specifically for wireless (2G, 3G, IMS and LTE) networks.
Susie Kim Riley, founder and chief technology officer of Camiant, said: “Tekelec’s global reach, core network experience and trusted relationships with Tier 1 service providers make an ideal partnership to extend the power of policy control and create the foundation of the intelligent multi-service network. Our shared vision of next-generation networks will give service providers unparalleled control plane solutions – the key tools enabling them to maximize network assets and provide subscribers with innovative new services.”