Dialogic Buys Apex for Real-Time Comms

Launching app development practice for networked, premises and cloud-based applications, including WebRTC, audio and video conferencing and more.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

February 9, 2016

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Dialogic Buys Apex for Real-Time Comms

Dialogic said Tuesday it's completed acquisition of Apex Communications, and plans real-time comms apps based on Apex's technology.

Dialogic Corp. (Nasdaq: DLGC), a supplier of media servers and class 4 switches, is launching an application development practice for networked, premises and cloud-based applications. The new line of applications will include WebRTC, audio and video conferencing, video collaboration such as shared whiteboards, IBRs and cloud-based PBX. The combined company will deliver both custom apps and managed services for service provider customers. Additionally, the former Apex organization will develop white label applications for service providers. (See Dialogic Launches Real-Time Communications Applications for Service Providers.)

Dialogic, with 450 employees worldwide, closed the Apex acquisition in late January; they declined to disclose terms of the deal. Both companies are privately held. Apex supplies global real-time communications applications for service providers and enterprise networks. Apex CEO Ben Levy will stay on as VP of applications at Dialogic.

In offering real-time conferencing, Dialogic goes into a competitive market, going up against Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) WebEx, Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS)'s GoToMeeting, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Skype, and a slew of other vendors of all sizes.

Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Dialogic was founded in 1983 as a supplier of standards-based components for voice and fax processing; its equipment was popular on service provider and enterprise modem banks back when dial-up was the gold standard for individual Internet access. It was owned by Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) in 1999 through 2006, then acquired by Novacap, which rebranded as Dialogic to take advantage of the better-known company name.

Dialogic supplies Next Generation Network (NGN) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) telecom infrastructure such as Class 4 switches, Media Gateway Control Function (MGCF), mobile signal internetworking and VoIP gateways.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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