|Type||Public (NASDAQ: ALLT; TASE: ALLT)|
|Industry||Technology, Communication systems|
|Key people||CEO: Rami Hadar, CTO: Jay Klein
VP Operations: Pini Gvili
|Products||Networking, QoS Solutions, Bandwidth optimization|
|Revenue||US$ 104.7 million (2012)|
|Net income||US$ 8.75 million (2011)|
Allot Communications is a provider of IP service optimization solutions for service providers, carriers, and enterprises based in Hod HaSharon, Israel. Allot solutions use deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to change broadband pipes into smart networks offering complete network visibility, application control and subscriber management. In 2012, it registered $105 million in sales.
Allot Communications was founded in 1996, by Michael Shurman and Yigal Jacoby, who served as chief executive and chairman until 2006. Jacoby previously founded Armon Networking, a manufacturer of RMON-based network management solutions, which was sold to Bay Networks for $33 million in 1996.
By 2004 Allot raised $38 million, in several rounds of funding, from several venture capital funds, including: Genesis Partners, Gemini, Walden Israel, JAFCO Investment, BancBoston Capital, Jerusalem Venture Partners, and Tamar Technology Ventures.
In 2006, Rami Hadar appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, and the company began trading publicly on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol ALLT, following an IPO that raised $78 million.
- In September 2002 Allot acquired NetReality, a provider of network application priority switches (NAPS), in order to enhance its quality of service (QoS) and bandwidth management solutions.
- In January 2008 Allot Acquired Esphion, a New Zealand–based developer of network protection solutions for carriers and internet service providers.
- In May 2012 Allot Acquired Ortiva Wireless, a San Diego–based developer of YouTube video traffic reduction equipment.
- In July 2012 Allot Acquired Oversi Networks, a provider of rich-media caching and content delivery solutions for Internet video and peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic.
Allot provides intelligent IP service optimization solutions for DSL, wireless broadband carriers, service providers, and enterprises. Allot's portfolio of hardware platforms and software applications employs deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to turn broadband pipes into smart networks, so that value-added Internet services can be rapidly deployed, or for surveillance of individuals. Allot solutions are also used to support the need of service providers to charge more from heavy users of peer-to-peer, VoIP, and video applications.
In May 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek revealed that Allot's NetEnforcer product was being used in Iran to conduct surveillance on its dissidents and activists. Allot did not directly market and sell its product to Iran; rather, RanTek A/S, a distributor based in Randers, Denmark, stripped the equipment of labels and repackaged it before shipping it to Iran. The trade was legal under Danish law, but Israel has a ban on trade with Iran; Bloomberg reported that former Allot employees stated that it was "well known inside the company that the equipment was headed for Iran".
In January 2012, Israel's Defense Ministry closed the probe into Allot's alleged Iran sales, as its investigation concluded that the company was unaware that the equipment it sold to a distributor may have ended up in Iranian hands.
Partners in different countries
- Authorized partner in Russia is Impuls Telecom LLC. ( www.impulstelecom.ru )
- Authorized partner in Dominican Republic is Redesip, SRL. ( www.redesip.com.do)
- Elgin, Ben (23 December 2011). "Israel Didn’t Know High-Tech Gear Was Sent to Iran". Bloomberg Businessweek.
- Grigonis, Richard (March 17, 2009), "Allot Communications' Sigma Service Gateway", TMCnet.com
- Dar, Zuri (2004-08-25), "Allot Communications wraps up $8 million financing round", The Marker
- "Bay Networks acquires Armon Networking", Israel Business Today, March 24, 1996
- Krawitz, Avi (November 17, 2006), "Allot raises $78m. in Nasdaq listing", The Jerusalem Post
- "Israeli company sold surveillance equipment to Iran", Haaretz, December 23, 2011
- "Allot Cleared by Israel Defense Ministry in Iran Sales Probe", Bloomberg, 26 January 2012
- "Summary Notice of Pendency of Class Action and Proposed Settlement with all Defendants", BusinessWire, January 3, 2011
- "Allot Communications Ltd.: Filed Case", Stanford, June 8, 2007
- "Allot Communications Acquires NetReality; Combines Teams and Technologies to Form Solid Base for Continued Growth.", Business Wire, September 24, 2002
- "Allot Acquires Esphion", Light Reading, January 3, 2008
- "Allot Snaps Up Ortiva Wireless", Light Reading, May 1, 2012
- Allot posts 43% revenue rise; buys Oversi Networks, Globes, 31 July 2012
- "Allot", Surveillance Who's Who, July 8, 2012
- Defense Ministry closes probe into Allot's alleged Iran sales, Globes, January 25, 2012