World VoIP NewsVoIP telephony provider ShoreTel acquires Agito Networks
VoIP telephony provider ShoreTel acquires Agito Networks
The VoIP industry is on the top of global Merge and Acquisitions wave. So, one of the substantial move of such a wave is recent VoIP telephony provider ShoreTel announcement of foreseen acquiring of mobile-VoIP software vendor Agito Networks for $11.4 million. The deal will integrate Agito’ s fixed-mobile convergence capabilities to ShoreTel’ s products line and portfolio in frames of Unified Communications concept.
The Company defined the targets in its official statements, as to “ give mobile device users the freedom to work anywhere, even beyond the wireless network," and acquisition of Agito will enable ShoreTel IP-PBX customers to switch flawlessly and in a smooth way between cellular and WiFi networks using smartphones, laptops or office deskphones. Agito’ s solutions of mobile routing and dedicated software connect smartphones and corporate communications hardware over the cheapest wireless network available for a current moment. Agito delivers native support for most of the leading smartphone and tablet platforms such as iPhone, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile devices. However, Android, the mobile OS from Google is not supported, and there are no indications, that Agito software will support this World’ s fastest-growing mobile platform. List of the features brought by Agito’ s software includes call control, voice- over-wireless-LAN, and presence and location-based services.
Small and middle sized telecommunications vendors and players are seeking the niches to compete in a rapidly consolidating market; they are faced with a permanently growing bandwidth demand, innovations and fierce rivalry. Vendors have engaged in a fever of consolidation, demonstrating numerous billions of dollars in transactions in 2010. The latest negotiations appeared on Oct. 1 as struggling ISP Earthlink, upon the line of heavy loses in 2000ies agreed to buy regional telecoms provider ITC Deltacom for $516 million. The tendency has started before by earlier company ‘ ’ Speakeasy’ ’ merge with ‘ ’ Covad Comms’ ’ and ‘ ’ MegaPath’ ’ , two competitive service providers, thus having expected annual revenues greater than $500 million, as a final outcome.
Those deals are being totally surpassed by expected $22.4 billions merge of CenturyLink and Qwest Communications International, which received approvals last month from nine states and the District of Columbia, as well as antitrust clearance from Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission.
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