Nokia Networks has signed an agreement to acquire Eden Rock Communications, a SON specialist and creator of Eden-NET, a multivendor centralised SON solution.
Nokia Networks expects the acquisition to help boost its multivendor SON radio optimisation capabilities.
The deal is expected to be completed during Q3 2015.
SON, one of the fastest growing segments in the mobile broadband industry, is a strategically important market for Nokia Networks. SON is essential for the increasingly complex heterogenous operator networks. It provides workflow automation, network performance improvements and additional reliability.
Nokia Networks said that its current SON technologies are “highly complementary” with Eden Rock's Eden-NET centralised SON solution and provide an opportunity to build SON solutions for a wide range of market needs.
This combination, coupled with Nokia Networks' go to market and global services capability, can reduce operating expenses, drive improvements in customer experience, and help maximise profits for mobile operators, the company said.
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After the completion of necessary legal and regulatory approvals, Eden Rock's employees are expected to be transferred to Nokia Networks, based in Seattle, where the company intends to continue operations.
Peter Patomella, vice president, CEM and OSS, Nokia Networks, said: “The size of the optimisation and SON market is expected to exceed EUR 5 billion globally by 2018. With this combination of capabilities, we will effectively address a key customer pain point - automated optimisation of heterogenous networks in a multivendor environment. By combining our products into one, we will accelerate the delivery of a compelling solution for this problem and provide best-in-class network performance and customer experience.”
Charles Immendorf, CEO, Eden Rock, said: “A massive appetite exists among operators for a proven SON solution with disruptive technologies, open framework and carrier-class capabilities. Via this acquisition, Nokia Networks brings SON functionality that is complementary to our Eden-NET solution, a renowned reputation for wireless excellence and an ascending market presence. We will be honoured to serve under the Nokia banner and aim to establish an insurmountable lead within the SON space.”
At Mobile World Congress 2015, Nokia Networks unveiled the iSON Manager, a centralized Self Organizing Networks (SON) solution for the automation of multivendor heterogeneous networks. The company has also launched a new cloud based OSS/CEM business model that delivers the Nokia iSON Manager software to operators fast and flexibly. In 2014, Nokia won the GSMA award for implementing and integrating SON solutions with Telefonica O2 UK.