Sonus Networks has acquired US-based IP communication systems supplier Taqua to bolster its fixed-line and mobile core capabilities.
In a statement, Sonus said the acquisition, which closed on Monday, is well-aligned with the company’s growth strategy and network transformation initiatives.
Sonus paid an initial $20 million in cash at the time of closing, the company said, adding that there is potential for additional cash payments if certain annual revenue thresholds are exceeded.
By acquiring Taqua, Sonus has expanded its fixed portfolio with the addition of a Class 5 Softswitch (T7000) for network transformation projects and a Multimedia Controller used in IP Peering applications (T7100), both of which are complementary to Sonus’ current product offerings.
On the mobile side, the acquisition brings in a Virtualized Mobile Core (VMC) platform and an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Service Core from Taqua.
Taqua’s VMC combines standard functions required for VoLTE/VoWiFi solutions. Sonus provides both the critical SBC and the Diameter Edge/Core Router.
This combination of products, Sonus noted, enables the company to provide a complete solution for the evolving VoLTE/VoWiFi markets.
“Taqua's Virtual Mobile Core (VMC) is particularly compelling, as it allows Sonus to increase penetration in the VoLTE and VoWiFi markets as those markets emerge and then ultimately converge based on a single, unified core network architecture," Raymond Dolan, president and CEO of Sonus, commented.
The acquisition is also expected to strengthen Sonus’ position within key large customer RFPs.
According to Sonus, Taqua has over 400 next-generation IP Voice systems deployed worldwide, supporting over 4 million subscribers.