Ericsson today (23 July 2013) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the entire business of Telcocell, a Canada-based consulting and systems integration company specializing in Business Support Systems (BSS), as well as its subsidiaries.
Approximately 200 services employees and consultants primarily based in Canada and the United States are expected to join Ericsson. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.
Ericsson said it will benefit from Telcocell's consulting and systems integration experience in converged charging, custom development, quality assurance and production support for BSS. The acquisition complements Ericsson's existing comprehensive BSS product portfolio and expertise in these fields and will further strengthen the company's customer relations and BSS transformation capabilities, primarily in North America.
Paolo Colella, head of consulting and systems integration at Ericsson said: "Multi-vendor business support systems integration and consulting is of high strategic importance for Ericsson worldwide. Acquiring capabilities from Telcocell will further strengthen our ability to offer full ICT transformation capabilities to our customers, and Ericsson's competitiveness at the intersection where IT meets telecom."
Mickey Weizmann, CEO, founder and managing partner at Telcocell said: "To truly transform operators' businesses and improve consumer experience, a combination of strong services capabilities and a comprehensive software portfolio is needed. Telcocell's multi-vendor BSS consulting and systems integration expertise will broaden Ericsson's services capabilities. From Telcocell's side, the team will benefit from joining a company of approximately 64,000 services employees with global scale and presence."
Ericsson's services offerings and software portfolio is designed to support customers in transforming their operations and IT environments, improving the user experience as well as increasing efficiency and enabling service innovation.
Ericsson said it has 15,000 consulting and systems integration professionals who deliver more than 1,500 consulting, systems integration and learning services projects in multi-vendor and multi-technology environments each year.