Xura affiliates to buy Mitel Mobile and Ranzure Networks to create new player in 5G-ready mobile network solution
Xura, Inc., a provider of digital communications services, announced that its affiliates have entered into definitive agreements to acquire Mitel Mobility, Inc., a division of Mitel Networks Corporation, and Ranzure Networks, Inc.
Mitel Mobile, formerly Mavenir Systems, provides Voice-over-Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE), Voice-over-Wi-Fi (VoWiFi), video, Rich Communication Services (RCS), messaging, radio access and packet core solutions. Ranzure, founded by former Mavenir Systems CEO Pardeep Kohli, is an early-stage venture focused on developing 5G Cloud Radio Access Network (RAN) technology.
The Xura Board of Directors has appointed Pardeep Kohli, formerly CEO of Mitel Mobile’s predecessor (Mavenir Systems) and co-founder and CEO of Ranzure Networks, to succeed Philippe Tartavull as CEO of Xura, effective today. Upon completion of the transactions, Mr. Kohli will serve as the CEO of the combined company.
Mitel Mobile president, BG Kumar, will join Mr. Kohli’s management team and former CTO of AT&T and former president of AT&T Labs, Krish Prabhu, will join the board of directors of the combined company. The combined company will operate from Dallas, Texas.
Hubert de Pesquidoux, executive chairman of Xura and future executive chairman of the combined company, commented: “Xura has undergone a significant transformation over the past two years, and in the last several months has successfully transitioned to private ownership with the backing and support of Siris Capital, a financial sponsor with deep experience and operational expertise in telecommunications.
I would like to acknowledge Philippe Tartavull for his significant contributions to the company during this transformational period. Today’s announcement marks a new and exciting chapter for Xura, and will accelerate and enhance the combined company’s ability to grow and deliver value to its customers, partners and employees.”
The transaction enhances each standalone company’s ability to help CSPs bring the latest monetisable services to market, while driving operating efficiencies, increased service levels, and greater flexibility and scalability as they adopt the cloud and virtualise their networks.
The combined company is positioned for long-term success in the digital communications ecosystem across multiple dimensions:
- Product Portfolio: The combination diversifies and bolsters each predecessor company’s standalone product portfolio, delivering a comprehensive 5G ready, fully-virtualised solution set across voicemail, VoLTE, VoWiFi, video, RCS, messaging, security, radio access and packet core
- Innovation and 5G Focus: The combination leverages each company’s significant investments to date in fully-virtualised and 5G ready solutions, a combined team of over 2,000 talented people dedicated to bringing 5G ready solutions to market, and a mutual focus on continued innovation
- Customers at the Core: The combined company will keep customers at the core of its strategy with the vision to be the trusted partner of choice for CSPs as their business needs evolve
- Operational Excellence: The combined company will have scalable R&D centres of excellence in the United States, Israel, Czech Republic, India and China, enabling first-rate global support capabilities
- Management Talent: The combination adds talented and experienced executives to supplement the Xura team, complemented by a strong board of directors
Hubert de Pesquidoux commented: “This is an exciting day for the three companies’ stakeholders. The combination of Xura’s offerings in voicemail, messaging, monetisation and security solutions with Mitel Mobile’s offerings in next-generation voice, video, RCS, network access and core solutions, alongside Ranzure’s 5G Cloud RAN technology, will offer a comprehensive, best-in-class solution set to the combined company’s global CSP customer base. Mitel Mobile and its heritage Mavenir brand and technology are synonymous with world-class innovation and customer support, and we are delighted to welcome Pardeep Kohli, who is uniquely positioned to lead the combined company.”
Pardeep Kohli is said to be a widely-respected wireless veteran with over 20 years of industry experience, primarily focused on driving innovation in the telecom infrastructure space. He most recently served as the CEO of Ranzure, an early-stage developer of 5G Cloud RAN technology, and was president and CEO of Mavenir Systems from 2006 to 2015.
During his time at Mavenir, Mr. Kohli grew the business from zero to $175 million in annual revenue and led multiple industry-first innovations, including the first at-scale deployments of virtualisation and software defined networking to mobile core networks.
Commenting on the announcement, newly appointed Xura CEO Pardeep Kohli said: “I am honoured and excited to lead Xura and the combined company during this important and transformative time. Both Xura and Mitel Mobile have strong legacies of market-leading innovation and commitment to customer success. Our new company will offer a fully-virtualised, software-based solution set across every layer of the mobile network infrastructure stack, including radio access, packet core and 5G applications.
“We will be the only pure play solution provider with no vested interest in maintaining and promoting proprietary solutions. We look forward to partnering with our customers to achieve operational efficiencies as they prepare to handle the exponential traffic growth that the industry’s IoT and 5G applications will bring.”
Krish Prabhu, who will join the combined company’s board of directors upon completion of the transactions, most recently served as the CTO of AT&T and president of AT&T Labs from 2011 to 2016. He previously served as Interim CEO and president of Tekelec, as CEO and president of Tellabs Inc., as a Venture Partner of Morganthaler Venture Partners, and as COO of Alcatel Telecom. Mr. Prabhu’s deep industry experience, thought leadership, and strong relationships with mobile operators will serve the board of directors and management team well.
Conditions to Closing and Advisors
The transactions are subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other foreign antitrust regulatory approvals, as necessary. Upon completion of the transactions, Mitel Mobile and Ranzure will become wholly owned by affiliates of Xura. The transactions are currently expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.
An affiliate of Xura has secured committed financing consisting of a combination of equity and debt. The equity financing will be provided by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris Capital”) and the debt financing will be provided by a lender group led by Cerberus Business Finance, LLC.
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