With Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) having closed the $1.15 billion acquisition of the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) giant in January, the integration process has begun, with completion set for the end of the year. (See Ericsson to Buy Telcordia, Ericsson + Telcordia: What the Analysts Say and Euronews: Ericsson Seals Telcordia Deal.)
According to Martin Sundblad, director of portfolio management at Ericsson's Business Unit Support Systems (BUSS), the "vast majority" of Telcordia's staff are making the switch and will have transferred across to the Swedish vendor by Monday June 4. (See Ericsson Boards Its Own BUSS.)
That's also the day on which the Telcordia brand will cease to exist and the Telcordia portfolio will be rebranded as Ericsson, with the Operations Solutions line of business (including everyone's favorite, Osmine) joining Ericsson's OSS unit, Service Delivery Solutions (SDS) joining Ericsson's BSS unit and Interconnection Solutions (IS, mainly number portability solutions) remaining as a standalone unit. Services staff will join Ericsson's Global Services division.
So what will the Telcordia name be remembered for? Well, we have some lasting memories of the name here at Light Reading, most particularly the media ban the company slapped on us for four years (May 2004 to February 2008) allegedly because of perceived negative coverage. Here are some of our favorites:
- Telcordia Promises Relief From Dumb Pipe Syndrome
- Telcordia: Still a $700M+ Player
- Britney? Or Telcordia?
- Telcordia's Olive Branch
- HQ Sale Funds Telcordia Deal
- Telcordia CEO $trikes $ell-Off Deal
- Telcordia Craves M&A Warchest
- Telcordia About to Be Sold
- Inside Telcordia's Discord
- Telcordia With Fries?
- Telcordia's Softswitch Timebomb
- Telcordia Nearly Blew Granite Deal
- Telcordia's Osmine Goldmine
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading