Aricent buys DataLinx for $30Mn

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 14 September 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: Aricent, Communications Software Company announced the acquisition of U.S.-based consulting, system integration and software development firm DataLinx, for approximately $30 million.

The company said that the acquisition of Tarrytown, New York-based Company is a part of its global expansion strategy to establish locations close to clients and pursue leading communications talent across the world.

DataLinx, founded in 1992, adds a team of 400 consultants and developers based in the U.S. to Aricent.

"Aricent and DataLinx's combined offerings will help service providers drive revenue growth and profitability in a complex landscape of emerging technologies and heightened customer expectations. Combined, Aricent and DataLinx, will deliver full lifecycle solutions to wireless, wireline, cable and satellite service providers," said Ash Bhardwaj, CEO, Aricent.

In addition, the two companies would offer a combined line of service provider products that includes applications for network capacity planning, subscriber management, billing mediation, service activation, customer relationship management and workforce management.

This becomes Aricent's second acquisition since it got renamed. In May this year, Aricent bought the cellular base station development group of Nokia Siemens Networks located at Southwood, near Farnborough, England.

"The latest takeover would be supported through internal accruals," says Sanjay Dhawan, Chief Strategy Officer of Aricent. Aricent has also announced the opening of a new 3G and 4G wireless development and testing centre in Monterrey, Mexico. Monterrey is known for its highly-qualified, educated workforce and is a recognized centre for software development and in the telecom sector.

"The new Aricent development centre at the University of Nuevo Leó® ¥nables us to leverage the skilled resources in Mexico and will increase the adoption of our cutting edge communications software solutions in the Americas," says Bhardwaj. The company expects the centre to employ over 500 software professionals in a few years.

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