That might seem like a big price tag for a privately held software firm with 1,000 customers and annual revenues (in 2008) of $56 million. (See NetQoS Monitors Apps , NetQoS Reports 2008, and NetQoS Offers Managed Service.) But CA, which bolstered its telecom software portfolio significantly with the acquisitions of Wily Technology in 2006 and Concord Communications in 2005, and which claims to have more than 200 service provider customers for its service assurance products, has a very clear idea about how the two companies' product portfolios will fit together and meet the needs of carriers and enterprise customers alike. (See CA Gets Lean, CA Enhances Its OSS, CA Makes Wily Acquisition, and CA Targets Telcos With OSS.) Here's CA's take on the combined strength of the two players:
Though maybe not as visible or as vocal as some other OSS players, CA is believed to be among the biggest providers of software to carriers in terms of revenues. While the company does not break out its revenues, industry insiders believe CA generates more than $200 million in revenues from telecom operators each year. If that figure is in any way accurate, that would account only for a small portion of CA's total sales: In its full financial year to March 31 2009, CA generated revenues of $4.27 billion.
Other recent M&A action in the telecom software world includes:
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading
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