Irish SDN Business Purchased by Huawei

By Joe Rizzo July 16, 2015

Recently, Huawei was acknowledged by in a report by IHS for building market share through fixed-line VoIP networks using IMS with the company being in a position to capture the next wave of IMS spending related to VoLTE. Huawei was one of the top three companies awarded the highest marks with network functions virtualization (NFV) intensity being one of the areas taken into account.

Continuing to move forward, it was announced on July 13, 2015 that Huawei acquired software assets from Amartus, an Irish software developer and SDN solutions provider, based in Dublin. This move marks the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer's first acquisition in Ireland.

The goal of the purchase is to give Huawei the ability to build out its SDN solutions on a much quicker basis. While we do not have any information concerning the financial terms of the deal, we do know that Amartus’s senior team and product staff related to its SDN service will join Huawei, which will also help the company speed up its plans for the sector.

Zha Jun, who is president of Huawei's fixed network product line, made the following comments, "We are delighted to have acquired the groundbreaking Amartus technology. The expertise and talented staff from Amartus product group who will be joining Huawei will help deliver our commitment to produce and develop innovative and high-quality cloud and network services."

We also know that Amartus will retain its rights to service current customers. It appears that as things progress, Amartus’ primary focus will gear

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more toward providing telecoms with its software development and integration expertise.

Huawei has already been quite heavily involved in research in SDN and NFV technologies. Only a few months ago in May, the company said it had launched what it claimed to be the world's first Internet of Things (IoT) platform based on SDN, with the goal being to encourage "traditional" businesses to develop IoT services.

Michael Kearns, the CEO of Amartus said, "We are excited to be able to bring this innovative technology to Huawei at a time when the telecoms industry is experiencing unprecedented change, driven by software."

Service providers acquire the scalability and agility to leverage the SDN, NFV and cloud capabilities they have through the use of Amartus’ primary offering which is Chameleon SDS. This package affords the service providers a way of quickly deploying services necessary to meet customer demand, as well as creating new revenue streams.

The company's investment in Ireland highlights how important the European market is for Huawei. Just last month, William Xu, chief strategy marketing officer, said that Europe is one of most important markets for Huawei outside China. Proving its continued commitment in SDN and NFV technologies, the company has already established 19 joint innovation centers with its partners in the region, in addition to 18 of its own R&D centers in eight countries.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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