The $120 million acquisition of Actix by Amdocs may be overshadowed by the industry's much larger M&A deals of the past few days, but it is a significant step for the major service provider IT (SPIT) vendor into the mobile customer experience realm.
With this deal, Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX) is buying a company already selling analytics systems that help improve radio access network (RAN) performance, as well as self-organizing network capabilities that automate the network optimization process. Both Actix Ltd. functions fit neatly into the customer experience realm in which Amdocs currently plays.
Amdocs is getting more than useful technology for its money. Though the price was not revealed, Actix is a profitable company that claims to have provided its technology to about 350 mobile operators during its 30-plus years. It currently has more than 60 deployments for its most recent platform, ActixOne.
Also, Amdocs isn't the only major systems supplier to have identified network optimization capabilities as a key requirement of its mobile operator customers. Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)'s acquisition of Optimi , JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU)'s purchase of Arieso Ltd. and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s buyout of Intucell are all recent examples of major vendors snapping up mobile SPIT specialists to satisfy the mobile broadband network management needs of their carrier customers.
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— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading