Metaswitch Networks acquires Norway’s leading firm in enhanced instant messaging Colibria

Metaswitch Networks has acquired Colibria, leading independent provider of enhanced instant messaging, presence and network address book solutions. Metaswitch Networks is a multi-award winning supplier of next generation infrastructure and applications to network operators.

Colibria’s all-IP, standards-based portfolio is being deployed by operators worldwide to deliver advanced messaging and content sharing capabilities. These services are designed to meet the modern lifestyle communication needs of a wide range of consumer and business users.

Kevin DeNuccio, CEO at Metaswitch Networks, noted that operators around the world have quickly come to realize that it is time to turn up the heat on their over-the-top competitors. According to DeNuccio, the way people communicate is quickly evolving from just voice and text to a new, richer set of social interaction and contextual calling services. Metaswitch is in the middle of this transformation, helping service providers address these demands and putting their brand front and center in the new communications experience, said DeNuccio.

The Colibria acquisition further complements Metaswitch’s recently launched Thrutu™ service, a unique in-call content sharing experience that enables mobile users to impulsively exchange information during a call. Available as a branded platform for global operators, Thrutu allows operators to introduce these innovative new services today.

The addition of Colibria’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Rich Communication Suite (RCS and RCS-e) compliant portfolio further broadens the range of options that Metaswitch can now present to operators looking for short, mid and long-term answers to the dual challenges of countering competitive threats and keeping the voice call relevant.

Lars Myhrum, Colibria CEO, said Colibria and Metaswitch share a common culture of engineering excellence and customer-first thinking. Myhrum stated that Colibria has been in the forefront of messaging and rich communication services, exemplifying Norwegian companies’ ability to innovate and succeed alongside major international companies. Metaswitch will now allow Colibria write the next chapter in that story, said Myhrum.

Metaswitch will continue to invest in and support Colibria’s brand, products and strategic industry partnerships. Myhrum will assume the General Manager role for Metaswitch’s presence in Norway, with responsibility for the ongoing development and evolution of the Colibria product line.

Metaswitch Networks is a leading provider of the technologies and solutions that are powering the migration of communications networks to open, next-generation architectures. Hundreds of network operators worldwide depend on its reliable, scalable carrier systems solutions, while its high performance, fault-tolerant software technologies are licensed by all the world's leading communications equipment manufacturers.

7th April 2011

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