Genband, a Plano, Texas-based provider of IP infrastructure solutions, has acquired most of the assets of Nortel Networks’ carrier VoIP and applications solutions businesses, for approximately $282 million. Genband was being backed on the deal by existing shareholder One Equity Partners.
GENBAND, a leading developer of next-generation networking solutions and services, today announced the completion of its acquisition of substantially all assets of the Nortel Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions Business (CVAS). The acquisition combines GENBAND’s media, session and security gateways with Nortel’s softswitches, media gateways and application platforms, creating a global market leader in next generation IP infrastructure with best-in-class, end-to-end switching and global services portfolios.
The combined company’s products are deployed at more than two-thirds of the world’s marquee service providers and encompass broad markets including fixed, mobile, cable and broadband operators. With the addition of Nortel CVAS, GENBAND now has vast resources in R&D, sales and support spanning 46 countries and delivering innovative carrier solutions that lay the groundwork for an all-IP future. GENBAND will remain headquartered in the Dallas area, with strategic product and support facilities in Ottawa, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maidenhead, Shanghai and Beijing, as well as strategic partners in India and Turkey.
GENBAND has completed its comprehensive integration planning process and several key milestones have already been reached:
“We are pleased to further our vision of fueling next generation network migration and IMS deployment through our successful acquisition of Nortel CVAS technology and talent,” said Charles D. Vogt, president and chief executive officer of GENBAND. “By creating one of the most comprehensive, standards-based, interoperable switching portfolios in the world, we will facilitate the industry’s massive and ongoing efforts to modernize networks, maximize existing investments and converge fixed and mobile infrastructures across disparate networks.”
“We are a customer today of both GENBAND and Nortel CVAS, and we expect the consolidation of the two companies’ work will provide Verizon with valuable options to continue the IP modernization of our TDM network,” said Mark Wegleitner, Sr. Vice President, Technology for Verizon. “In addition, ongoing innovation by GENBAND in NGN technology should assure continued progress in IP migration and IMS development that is so important to our business.”
“We believe that this mixture of softswitch and media gateway assets will accelerate innovation and speed to market for new technologies and network solutions,” said Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain and Fleet Operations, AT&T. “Our goal is to ensure that each investment in network infrastructure accelerates our move towards a network that enables the full promise of the Internet and other game-changing technologies.”
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with GENBAND and are pleased that their strategy provides a clear path forward for their newly combined product and service portfolio,” said Stuart Sutton, Platform Director of Cable&Wireless Worldwide.”
“As a rapidly growing nationwide communications provider, PAETEC has a significant base of both Nortel DMS-500 Class-5 switches and GENBAND next-generation gateways and call controllers in our network,” said Sanjay Hiranandani, Senior Vice President of Engineering at PAETEC. “The planned combination of these two industry leaders will give us the ability to leverage our close partnership with GENBAND to efficiently transition our voice service platform into the next generation. We believe that this acquisition is a strong move in the telecom equipment industry and will enable PAETEC to continue to grow and deliver our industry leading voice services to our nationwide customer base.”
“Every step of our integration planning has been focused on ensuring a smooth transition for our customers, partners and employees,” said Mr. Vogt. “Our management team, along with their strategic roles and responsibilities, have been finalized and seamlessly integrated to deliver full customer and employee satisfaction on day one.”
GENBAND teamed with existing shareholder One Equity Partners (OEP) to fund the acquisition and working capital requirements. OEP manages $8 billion of private equity investments for JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).
GENBAND is a global leader of IP switching solutions, transforming fixed and mobile networks through IP innovation. The company offers the industry’s most comprehensive, standards-based IP switching portfolio, with products deployed in over two-thirds of the world’s marquee service provider networks. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, GENBAND operates Centers of Excellence globally and serves customers and partners in more than 80 countries. To learn more, visit us on the web at www.genband.com.