Metaswitch sets VoLTE sights with OpenCloud acquisition

17 February 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

Metaswitch has acquired OpenCloud, telecoms software innovator OpenCloud, enabling the cloud communications provider to further accelerate mobile virtualisation and offer pure-play software VoLTE solution.

Today, more than 1,000 service providers are powered with Metaswitch tech and with this acquisition, Metaswitch adds the Rhino Telecom Application Server (TAS) to its Clearwater IMS core and virtualised Perimeta SBC. It is now placed to ensure rapid deployment of VoLTE and to quickly deliver differentiated services on the path to 5G.

“The acquisition of OpenCloud is a key part of our portfolio expansion strategy to fully serve both mobile and converged network operators,” said Metaswitch CEO Martin Lund. “Global operators have long looked to Metaswitch for innovative communication solutions and we are now perfectly placed to ensure the rapid deployment of VoLTE today, and to quickly deliver differentiated services on the path to 5G.”

OpenCloud products, which are presently used by more than 60 operators worldwide, help to transform the real-time communications service layer to create innovative revenue-generating services and migrate traditional IN-based mobile voice service to IMS (LTE networks).

IHS Markit research estimates that there will be over 1 billion subscribers in the booming VoLTE market by the end of 2020. IHS also forecasts a 42% CAGR growth of the NFV MANO and VNF market from $2.2 billion in 2015 to $12.4 billion in 2020. “Carrier transitions from legacy networks to VoLTE are greatly facilitated by vendors that can streamline procurement, deployment, interworking, management and support,” said Stéphane Téral, senior research director, mobile infrastructure and carrier economics, IHS Markit. “Metaswitch’s acquisition of OpenCloud not only accelerates mobile service virtualisation, but also cements them as a strategic supplier to mobile operators that are considering deploying VoLTE, and innovating beyond.”

Ian Clarke, CEO of OpenCloud, added: “Metaswitch is the ideal strategic and cultural fit for OpenCloud and our customers. Both companies have outstanding engineering teams, a commitment to continued leadership in virtualised network functions, proven mobile service solutions and a dedication to advancing the cause of our mobile customers, worldwide.”

Capacity will publish more details of this deal next week.

Topics: Metaswitch, OpenCloud, telecoms, software, cloud, mobile, virtualisation, VoLTE, Rhino