Monday, February 4, 2013

Oracle Buys Acme Packet: It's not only about SBC!

Oracle expands its telecommunications offering announcing that " it has entered into an agreement to acquire Acme Packet .. for $29.25 per share or approximately $1.7 billion, net of Acme Packet’s cash. Acme Packet enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. The company’s solutions are deployed by more than 1,900 service providers and enterprises globally, including 89 of the world’s top 100 communications companies" - see "Oracle Buys Acme Packet" - here.

Naturally, most think on Acme's Session Boarder Controller business - but there is more in Acme. Oracle will be able to offer now both its own PCRF (here and "Oracle - Advantages of Integrated Policy, Charging and Subscriber Data Management" - here) and Acme's Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) - see "Acme Packet CEO: "we are engaged in 27 opportunities for our diameter signaling controller" - here.

With this addition, Oracle will have an offering similar to the PCRF market leaders (Openet, Tekelec and Amdocs - see the full list here). The DSC market is expected to grow sharply (see "[Infonetics]: Diameter Router Market: +900% in 2012, +100% in 2013; Tekelec, F5 and Acme Lead" - here).

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