Oracle Continues Telecom Shopping Spree With Tekelec Buy


Oracle Monday revealed its acquisition of Tekelec, a privately held vendor of software that helps wireless carriers keep pace with the explosion of devices and data on their networks.

Tekelec is a major player in the small-but-growing market for diameter signaling technology, which is designed to ensure that 4G LTE network performance doesn't suffer as the number of users and devices increases.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, and Oracle expects the deal to close by the end of June.

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Tekelec, founded in 1971, claims that 300 service providers around the world are currently using its technology. Tekelec also sells policy management software that lets carriers control network bandwidth allocation and define services as well as subscriber data management software, which carriers can use to target services to a user's specific preferences.

Oracle intends to position Tekelec and Acme Packet, the session border control and IP networking vendor it acquired in February for $2.1 billion, as cornerstones in its campaign to become a strategic supplier of software to carriers.

Once it finishes integrating Tekelec and Acme Packet with its Oracle Communications portfolio, the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based vendor will boast a software lineup for carriers that includes CRM, business and operational support systems, service delivery platforms, network and service control, and end-user apps.

"This will enable service providers to rapidly create and deploy innovative communications services, engage customers, improve operations, and control network resources," Oracle said in an FAQ about the Tekelec deal.

Diameter signaling controller revenue grew 900 percent from 2011 to 2012 and is on track to double this year, Infonetics Research said in a February report. In addition to routing, the technology handles functions such as PCRF binding, LTE-to-LTE roaming, LTE-to-2G/3G roaming and HSS address resolution.

PUBLISHED MARCH 26, 2013