Aircom to be bought by TEOCO

Yet another deal in the network optimisation sector. This time Aircom joins assurance and analysis provider TEOCO.

By Keith Dyer
Here at TMN we’ve been charting the sheer number of deals in the optimisation and performance assurance sector.

We’ve noted in the past that following the acquisition of the likes of Arieso, Actix and Celcite, Aircom International stood nearly alone as an independent provider of RAN optimisation and data intelligence.

Now Aircom itself has been taken out by US outfit TEOCO. TEOCO is not a company I know a great deal about, to be honest, although it says it has 140 CSP customers for its analysis and assurance products, and I remember its acquisition of Israeli OSS company TTI Telecom in 2010.

The company already has RAN Optimisation and geo-location products, so it must be assumed it sees Aircom’s offering in these areas as either markedly superior or complementary.

TEOCO says that Aircom will give it a complementary geographical reach, but added that it is the addition of Aircom’s radio network data into its existing assurance platforms that is sees as the strategic opportunity.

Assessing and addressing this opportunity is exactly what has been behind the slew of recent deals. Whether it is Infovista or Amdocs or JDSU, companies know that operators need, or are going to need, the capability to feed their customer experience analytics engines with data that knows as much as possible about user, cell and location.

Touching on this, as well as a other current industry concerns, Alwyn Welch, Aircom CEO said of the acquisition, “Together we will provide a portfolio to address current and emerging challenges such as SON, small cells, geolocation, and the monetisation of subscriber data.”

Privately owned, Aircom doesn’t release financial details, although it said in a pubic release when it was bought by HIG Capital that its forecast revenue for 2011 was GBP90 million.

So – another day, another deal. If you want to track back on previous coverage of this topic on TMN, you can start below:
Amdocs boosts Network Solutions business as it adds Celcite

Amdocs and Actix speak on acquisition plans

Optimisation consolidation

NSN says it can do multi-vendor SON

Cisco acquires Ubiquisys (and Intucell)

JDSU acquires Arieso

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