Sonus Acquires Taqua for $20MN

Sonus Networks has acquired Taqua for $20 million, in an all-cash transaction.

Taqua was founded in 1998 and enables the transformation of software-based service provider networks to deliver next-generation voice, video and messaging services, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE). It has over 400 next-generation IP Voice systems deployed worldwide, supporting over 4 million subscribers. Taqua has approximately 80 employees and is headquartered in Richardson, Texas, with research and development facilities in Acton, Mass; Hyannis, Mass.; San Jose, Calif.; and Richardson.

The acquisition is expected to accelerate Sonus’ mobile strategy by adding a Virtualized Mobile Core (VMC) Platform and an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Service Core. 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 provides a complete solution for the evolving VoLTE/VoWiFi markets.

The acquisition is expected to expand Sonus’ fixed portfolio by adding a Class 5 Softswitch (called T7000) for Network Transformation projects and a Multimedia Controller used in IP Peering applications (called T7100), both of which are complementary to Sonus’ current product offerings.

“The acquisition of Taqua adds to the top-line opportunities for the current Sonus product portfolio in both the fixed line and mobile markets,” said Raymond Dolan, president and CEO of Sonus. “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.”

Dolan continued, “We are thrilled to welcome a talented Taqua team, which is widely regarded in the marketplace for outstanding innovation and customer focus.  Together we will continue our leadership in software-based solutions allowing service providers and enterprises to enable a broad suite of cloud-based applications to communicate seamlessly across an all-IP, end-to-end network.”

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