Spirent gets a VoIP leg-up with Radvision TBU
Spirent Communications plc said that it is taking over Israel-based Radvision's Technology Business Unit (TBU) for $25 million. The unit is known for its development and test suite for voice and video over IP (VoIP) communications, which include Voice over LTE (VoLTE), and is currently part of Radvision Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avaya Inc.
Radvision TBU pioneered the introduction of Voice and Video over IP with a range of embedded technologies and test solutions, combining unique expertise in signalling, multimedia and IMS. Used by developers of mobile chipsets, mobile devices and communications infrastructure, as well as service providers worldwide, Radvision TBU's solutions are believed to have paved the way for majority of today's Voice and Video over IP deployments, such as VoLTE.
Lab-based test tools, protocol stacks, video communications client framework, and voice and video services monitoring are among the key solutions in the VoIP platform. From testing to deployment, the solutions contribute to ensuring the quality of service of enterprise-grade VoIP services.
"VoLTE testing is already a critical element in many of Spirent's test solutions. Our customers' transition from circuit-switched voice networks to all-IP networks presents huge opportunities for VoLTE and RCS services on mobile devices," said Eric Hutchinson, CEO of Spirent.
Spirent plans to maintain and strengthen the Radvision TBU portfolio of products and services and will integrate them into Spirent's test solutions. Avaya, through Radvision Ltd., will retain and continue to operate its video conferencing business under the Video Business Unit.
The acquisition is expected to generate and enhance earnings in the first full year, expecting a return on investment in excess of capital cost. For the year that ended 30 September 2013, TBU unaudited financial information showed profit before tax of $2.7 million and gross assets of $4 million. TBU will be reported as part of Spirent's Wireless and Service Experience division.
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