In a follow up to last month’s purchase of Acme Packet, Oracle announced that it is buying Tekelec. The purchase will add network signaling, policy control, and subscriber data management to Oracle’s growing portfolio of telecom technology. Like Acme, Tekelec develops products for the management of Diameter traffic, which plays an important role in handling 3G and 4G mobile traffic.
Last month’s purchase of Acme for $1.7 billion gave Oracle access to the company’s session border control technology and it was speculated that Oracle was moving into the telecom sector. That move seems to be confirmed with this new acquisition of Tekelec. Oracle apparently has its eyes on the network infrastructure market and its recent purchases indicate a particular interest in network functions virtualization (NFV).
Tekelec counts over 300 service providers in over 100 countries among its customers. Its over 1,000 employees and management staff are expected to move to Oracle after the deal closes. Since Tekelec is a private company, following a $780 million buy-out by a group of investors in January 2012, the details of the acquisition, including how much Oracle paid, were not released.