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March 10, 2010

Metaswitch: Agreement to Acquire AppTrigger in Place

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Metaswitch Networks, a provider of carrier systems and communications software solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AppTrigger, Inc., a provider of Service Broker solutions.
“Carriers are increasingly realizing that service brokers are key to their ability to safely and cost-effectively evolve their business models to IP,” said Kevin DeNuccio (News - Alert), Metaswitch CEO, in a statement.
DeNuccio said that AppTrigger has played an instrumental role in defining this market, delivering the most robust, feature rich solution, and demonstrating its ability to scale with deployments processing billions of calls per month.
“This technology not only expands the set of solutions we can deliver to our customers, but supports our global growth strategy particularly in the rapidly-evolving mobile application space,” he said.
“The Metaswitch acquisition of AppTrigger continues the overall momentum of the Service Broker market,” said Joe McGarvey, principal analyst of Current Analysis (News - Alert).
McGarvey said that adding this technology to Metaswitch’s existing product portfolio strengthens its position as a market leader in IP transformation by providing a broader set of solutions and services to enable service providers to better utilize their resource infrastructure and achieve CAPEX savings. 
Officials with Metaswitch said that the company’s carrier solutions encompass session control, application/feature servers and media and signaling gateway elements that support a range of network architectures from legacy/TDM to NGN and full IMS.
Company officials said that the addition of the AppTrigger Ignite platform to the Metaswitch product line-up will help the company to provide standalone Service Broker solutions, as well as accelerate adoption of its switching and applications product lines in fixed-line and wireless networks in multiple geographical markets. 
“We considered many options for taking the business forward, including continuing to stay independent. Becoming part of Metaswitch represented the most exciting route for us to scale our business globally and make the greatest impact on the market,” said Chris Todd, AppTrigger CEO. “Throughout the process, we have experienced a strong cultural fit and shared vision for the market that we believe will enable a smooth integration.”

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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