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TeliaSonera acquires AinaCom’s consumer operations and fixed networks

Sonera, the Finnish arm of TeliaSonera, has signed an agreement to acquire AinaCom’s consumer operations and fixed networks. Click here for more.


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Astellia acquires Ingenia Telecom

Astellia has bought Ingenia

Astellia has bought Ingenia

Network intelligence firm Astellia has acquired Ingenia Telecom, a mobile network monitoring and analysis firm, for an undisclosed sum.

The move will allow Astellia to reinforce its offering with a probeless tool for RAN and SON analysis of the network from a customer´s perspective, using real subscriber data.

Multiple drivers are pushing mobile operators to introduce SON in their networks, from OPEX savings to customer experience enhancements and Ingenia has developed an advanced SON solution for real-time analysis of self optimisation and self organisation networks which can be sold in addition to or independently of Astellia’s own SON monitoring solution.

Ingenia will bring 70 people, mainly in R&D, to Astellia. The company generates revenues of just under ten per cent of Astellia’s revenues and operates close to breakeven.

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Google acquires audio authentication startup

Google has acquired Tel-Aviv based security solutions provider SlickLogin for an undisclosed sum

Google has acquired Tel-Aviv based security solutions provider SlickLogin for an undisclosed sum

Tech giant Google has acquired Tel-Aviv based security firm provider SlickLogin for an undisclosed sum. The start up, founded less than a year ago, specialises in sound-based password alternatives.

The firm’s technology allows customers to log in to password protected websites using a uniquely generated sound. A sound is generated on the website, projected through the device’s speakers and picked up by an app on the user’s smartphone. Once authenticated, another signal is transmitted back.

SlickLogin currently has no commercial offerings on the market.

“Today we`re announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way,” SlickLogin said in a statement on its website.

“Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free – and they’re working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn`t be more excited to join their efforts.”

Google has taken its focus off the handset space in recent weeks with the divestment of its Motorola Mobility handset subsidiary to Lenovo, but the sound based technology could be used in the firm’s Android mobile platform. Google has also been developing wearable technology, which does not use a touch interface and speculation suggests that this is the area in which Google will use SlickLogin’s technology.

Late last month, Lenovo announced plans to acquire Google’s handset business Motorola Mobility for around $ 2.91bn. The Chinese device maker said that the acquisition will give it a stronger presence in the North America and Latin America markets, as well as an entry route to the Western Europe market

Earlier that month, Google announced it will acquire Nest Labs, the cloud-enabled thermostat and smoke detector startup founded by iPod creator Tony Fadell, for £2bn ($ 3.2bn).

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T-Mobile USA acquires MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced plans to merge

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced plans to merge, with DT owning 74 per cent of the combined company and MetroPCS the remaining 26 per cent.

The deal will strengthen T-Mobile’s position in the US, increasing total subscribers by 28 per cent to 43 million and increasing market share from 10 per cent to 13 per cent. More importantly the deal would strengthen their position in the value segment where both companies are focused, with the new company having 23 per cent of the US prepaid market, given T-Mobile USA’s share of 20 per cent and MetroPCS with 3 per cent.

T-Mobile USA has made it clear the deal is all about LTE, with the combined spectrum assets of the companies providing a path to 2 x 20MHz for LTE in many markets, double T-Mobile USA’s current plans for 2 x 10MHz for LTE. In addition T-Mobile USA said that MetroPCS customers will be upgraded from CDMA to a common LTE network as they upgrade their handsets, highlighting plans for a rapid migration from CDMA to LTE.

This reduces but does not eliminate one of the major challenges of the deal which is T-Mobile USA will have to migrate two major technology families – CDMA and WCDMA – to LTE rather than just one. At the same time, it will have to refarm (transition) its combined spectrum holdings from CDMA and WCDMA to LTE. This all adds up to a hugely complex and challenging migration that will take significant time and investment, and which is a major risk for derailing the benefits of the deal which the companies say includes $ 6-7 billion in expected cost savings.

The deal could also spark a final wave of consolidation in the US mobile market, which has been in limbo on the M&A front since regulators blocked AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile USA last year. Sprint also reportedly moved to acquire MetroPCS earlier this year but was blocked by its board, and it now appears too late for Sprint to make a counter-offer for MetroPCS. So it may turn its attention to Leap Wireless and/or US Cellular, the next-largest operators in the US after MetroPCS – both have near 6 million subscribers compared to MetroPCS with 9 million, and like MetroPCS they use the same CDMA technology as Sprint. However these smaller deals could complicate any potential merger between T-Mobile USA and Sprint, which has long been rumoured as it would put the combined group on relatively level footing with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

This is first because of the integration challenges both companies would be facing, and second because they would be larger players before they merged, which would make it tougher to gain regulatory approvals. However AT&T currently has 33 per cent of the US mobile market and Verizon 31 per cent, so the even after smaller deals a combined T-Mobile USA and Sprint would also have around one-third of the market, and would be much stronger competition for AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

For Deutsche Telekom its T-Mobile USA acquisition of MetroPCS shows it is committed to investing to improve its scale and strength in the US market, after its attempt to exit the US last year by selling T-Mobile USA to AT&T was blocked by regulators. However Deutsche Telekom will need to do more in future given that even after the acquisition of MetroPCS it will still have less than half the market share of the two dominant players.

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Contegix acquires cloud service provider BlackMesh

ST. Contegix, a leading application management services provider, has acquired BlackMesh Inc., a cloud services provider specializing in web content management application hosting and secure compliance solutions. The combined Company now serves more than 1,200 customers in both the public and private sectors. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Click here for more.


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Square acquires payment provider Evenly

Square has acquired mobile money transfer service provider Evenly

Square has acquired mobile money transfer service provider Evenly

Mobile payments solutions provider Square has acquired mobile money transfer service provider Evenly. Customers of Evenly will have their accounts terminated on January 15, 2014, when the service will close down.

The Evenly team said that the acquisition by Square would help it make commerce easy for millions of buyers and sellers. “We’ll tackle huge challenges alongside so many talented engineers and designers. Together, we’ll continue to bring simplicity, transparency, and immediacy to commerce. We’re thrilled about the opportunity ahead,” the firm said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Square announced the acquisition of photo sharing app developer Viewfinder. The firm said that the Viewfinder team’s expertise in building mobile applications will help its mission “to make commerce easy for everyone”.

“The team is incredibly talented, having built an app that blends beautiful design and highly technical engineering to create personal, human experiences,” Square CTO Bob Lee said at the time. “The team’s passion, experience, and dedication to pushing the envelope makes them a perfect fit for Square, and we’re thrilled to work with them.”

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Square acquires photo sharing app developer Viewfinder

Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder

Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder

Mobile payment solutions provider Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder. The firm said that the Viewfinder team’s expertise in building mobile applications will help its mission “to make commerce easy for everyone”.

The Viewfinder team will work on seller initiatives out of Square’s New York office, the firm said. They will help expand the mobile payment firm’s presence in New York and will help Square achieve its goal of tripling the size of its engineering team in the city within the next year.

“The team is incredibly talented, having built an app that blends beautiful design and highly technical engineering to create personal, human experiences,” said Square CTO Bob Lee.

“The team’s passion, experience, and dedication to pushing the envelope makes them a perfect fit for Square, and we’re thrilled to work with them.”

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Boku Acquires Indian Carrier Billing Provider, Qubecell

Mobile payments provider, Boku says that it has bought India’s leader in direct carrier billing, Qubecell. Click here for more.


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Qualcomm acquires Artemis assets, targets STB business

Arteris has sold some of its  IP assets to Qualcomm

Arteris has sold some of its IP assets to Qualcomm

Chip maker Qualcomm has acquired certain technology assets from network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IP specialist Arteris for an undisclosed sum. The firm has also hired personnel formerly employed by Arteris.

As part of the transaction, Arteris retains the right to license, support and maintain its existing Arteris FlexNoC and Arteris FlexLLI product lines in order to fulfil existing and new licensing contracts.

Qualcomm has agreed to make certain FlexNoC updates available to Arteris based upon an agreed upon schedule and provide certain engineering support to Arteris.

“Arteris NoC technology has been and will continue to be a key enabler for creating larger and more complex chips in a shorter amount of time at a lower cost,” said K. Charles Janac, President and CEO, Arteris. “This acquisition of our technology assets represents a validation of the value of Arteris’ Network-on-Chip interconnect IP technology.”

The firm is also muscling its way into the set-top box (STB) chip business, a move likely to shake up the market’s competitive landscape, according to analysts at IHS.

The firm is a serious contender to the current STB duopoly held by Broadcom and STMicroelectronics. Both Broadcom and STM sit atop the $ 2bn market for set-top box processors.

“For several years now, the lucrative market for STB audio-visual processors has been dominated by Broadcom and STM,” said Jordan Selburn, senior principal analyst, consumer platforms, at IHS.

“While a handful of vendors also competed, mostly with chips targeted at lower-performance systems, the two powerhouses virtually owned the high-end market and accounted for roughly 80 per cent of total STB processor revenue. Now Qualcomm has entered the STB market, and the incumbent leaders will face a serious challenger that has its sights set on domination.”

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Ericsson acquires Airvana’s EVDO business

Ericsson has acquired the EVDO business of  Airvana Network Solutions

Ericsson has acquired the EVDO business of Airvana Network Solutions

Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson has acquired the EV-DO (Enhanced Voice-Data Optimized) business of small cell specialist Airvana Network Solutions. The deal sees Massachusetts based Airvana, which has traditionally been a supplier of EV-DO software to Ericsson, transfer its 38 EV-DO specialist staff to the vendor.

As a result of the deal, Ericsson and Airvana have announced that they will jointly seek dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Airvana in February 2012. The US firm had begun a $ 330m intellectual property dispute against Ericsson in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, accusing the Swedish firm of developing software based on Airvana’s trade secrets and using it to operate wireless network equipment to avoid paying license fees.

Acccording to Paul Challoner, VP and head of CDMA Radio product at Ericsson, EVDO software is still an important part of the CDMA ecosystem.

“Ericsson is committed to CDMA and to its CDMA customers,” he said.

“We recognise that CDMA will continue to be an important technology in the operators’ networks. We continue our vertical integration strategy for key CDMA products and further strengthen our control over product portfolio, ensuring long-term support to our customers with the ability to better respond to their requirements.”

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