Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nortel Acquires Pingtel for Unified Communications

Nortel has acquired Pingtel, a developer of software-based unified communications solutions, for an undisclosed sum. The assets were acquired from Bluesocket Inc, an enterprise mobility solutions provider. Pingtel employees will be integrated into Nortel's Billerica, Massachusetts facilities.

The deal brings Pingtel's existing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) relationship with Nortel in-house. Pingtel will also add new software capabilities to Nortel's enterprise unified communications portfolio, as well as additional research and development capabilities.

Over a year ago, Nortel joined the open source community established by SIPfoundry as an active contributor to the sipXecs open source project (led by Pingtel Corp), providing more than 300 new applications and features to date. Nortel said the acquisition of Pingtel will further accelerate the development of a global open source ecosystem and reinforce Nortel's direction and leadership in the development of interoperable and open unified communications solutions.

"This acquisition is another building block in Nortel's vision to be a software-centric company and the leading provider of unified communications solutions," said David Downing, general manager, Enterprise and SMB Communications Systems, Nortel.

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