Sonus Acquires Taqua for Influence in VoLTE, VoWiFi Markets
Last year, Sonus declared that it has completed part of its “virtualization strategy” by releasing virtualized editions of three of its products: Insight Element Management System, DataStream Integrator, and NetScore. That line of products, Sonus said at the time, was created to allow companies to more easily migrate their communications networks to the cloud.
Now Sonus has stepped up that proposition by finalizing its strategic acquisition of Taqua, a developer of software and services that handle communications through an IP-based system. Taqua’s virtual mobile core only entered the communications market two years ago, but has gained the attention of Sonus for its ability to bring voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) together within a common platform. Raymond P. Dolan, the president and CEO of Sonus, commented on that issue:
“The acquisition of Taqua adds to the top line opportunities for the current Sonus product portfolio in both the fixed line and mobile markets,” Dolan said. “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.”
He further spoke for his entire company in saying that its employees are excited to have Taqua as a resource.
Taqua has more than 80 employees that work in facilities in Texas (where its headquarters are located) and in California and Massachusetts. The announcement of the acquisition was not clear on whether or not those employees will continue working at those facilities and whether or not research and development will continue on existing Taqua products.
What is clear is that Taqua’s worldwide distribution of its VMC and IP-based voice systems to millions of subscribers will have the potential to benefit Sonus in great measure as it presses forward in the VoLTE and VoWiFi markets, which are poised to lead in the near future of wireless communications.
Edited by Alicia Young