Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Amdocs Acquires Celcite for SON Software

Amdocs agreed to acquire Celcite Management Solutions LLC, for approximately $129 million in cash.

Celcite specializes in self-organizing / self optimizing network (SON) and network management solutions.  The company, offers a centralized, intelligent OSS system that leverages capabilities such as geo-location and intelligent automatic correlation systems to deliver network automation.  The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Herndon, Virginia.

Amdocs said the acquisition expands it customer experience portfolio further into network software.  The deal builds upon and enhances Amdocs' recent acquisition of Actix. The goal is to provide communication service providers with a wide range of product-led services to better optimize their hybrid mobile networks, including solutions that can accelerate the rollout of existing networks and new network deployments such as LTE, WiFi and small cells. These solutions will be agnostic to manufacturers of network equipment and components.

In addition, Amdocs will be expanding its CES (Customer Experience Systems) portfolio with QOS-focused, geo-located network data that will drive a variety of optimization use cases.

Amdocs believes it will be the first supplier to offer customer experience-driven network optimization software and services based on a holistic view of the customer experience across all domains.

"Together, Amdocs, Celcite and Actix will emerge as the preferred provider of network management and SON solutions to service providers worldwide," said Rahul Sharma, founder and chief executive officer at Celcite. "With the combination of our people, assets, and product/services expertise, we will offer unmatched end-to-end offerings to relieve customers' core network challenges, including capacity and rollout, and help them tie the customer experience to the network in real-time."

"Amdocs customers must optimize their networks to handle the data explosion and reduce associated costs," said Rebecca Prudhomme, vice president of product and solutions marketing at Amdocs. "One of their largest pain-points is dealing with issues that arise within the radio network, which are typically responsible for a large percentage of all customer satisfaction and churn problems.  The acquisition will enable Amdocs to better offer our customers solutions (both products and services) for the management and Radio Access Network (RAN) optimization of all mobile networks including 2G, 3G, LTE and small cells to maximize the return from their network assets."


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