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Acision (now Xura, Inc.)
Industry mobile communications
Predecessor Aldiscon, CMG
Founded 2007
Key people
Lawrence Quinn, Founder
Products Messaging Infrastructure
Consumer Mobility Services
Enterprise Mobility Services
Website Xura

Having been acquired by Comverse, Inc. on 6 August 2015,[1] Acision is now known as Xura, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG),[2][3] a new company launched on 9 September 2015 combing both companies.[2][3] Prior to this, it was a privately held mobile communications software company specialising in messaging systems that enable popular services such as text messaging or Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), voicemail, IP Messaging, Mobile Value Added Services and Enterprise Mobility Solutions.


Before Xura, Inc. Acision's roots came from two companies:

  1. The Wireless Data Services (WDS) division of Anglo-Dutch consultancy and telecommunications company CMG, the first to develop a Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) in 1992 which was first deployed in 1993. CMG WDS also developed UCP/EMI, a protocol primarily used to connect to short message service centres (SMSCs).
  2. The Irish mobile telecommunications pioneers Aldiscon, the first to commercially deploy an SMSC, Telepath, and its now standardized protocol SMPP in 1993.

Aldiscon's first deployment of its Telepath SMSC was with TeliaSonera in Sweden in 1993,[4] followed by Fleet Call (now Nextel)[citation needed] in the US, Telenor in Norway[citation needed] and BT Cellnet (now O2 UK)[citation needed] later in 1993.

In 1997, Aldiscon was acquired by UK-based Logica, which merged with CMG in 2002 to form LogicaCMG. Both company's wireless divisions merged into LogicaCMG Wireless Networks. Acision was born on February 20, 2007, when LogicaCMG Wireless Networks was sold for £265m (US $525m) to private investors Atlantic Bridge Ventures and Access Industries and became known as Acision.[5] The lead investor at Atlantic Bridge (and now executive chairman at Acision), Laurence Quinn, was one of the founders of Aldiscon.[6]

In June 2015, it was announced that Acision would be acquired by Comverse.[7] The acquisition closed on 6 August 2015.[1]

In September 2015, Xura, Inc. was launched, following Comverse Inc.'s acquisition of Acision on 6 August 2015.[1] The new joint entity changed its name to Xura, Inc. to better reflect its mission to be the trusted next-generation digital technology provider to operators and enterprises across the globe, offering communication solutions for today’s multi-device, multi-service consumer.[2] The name 'Xura' was adapted from the word 'Aura'.[2][8] Xura will also be renaming all Comverse and Acision subsidiaries.

Industry recognition[edit]

  • 2011 - Acision wins two Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards[9]
  • 2010 - Informa recognises Acision as Number One in SMSC[10]
  • 2009 - Global Telecoms Business Awards 2009 (Singapore) - Acision and SPH Search awarded 'Best Consumer Innovation' award[11]
  • 2007 - Global Messaging (Monte Carlo) - Acision awarded Best Messaging Application/Service: Consumer[12]
  • 2004 - Futurecom (Florianopolis, Brazil) - LogicaCMG Wins Award In Recognition of SMS and MMS Messaging Excellence In Brazil[13]
  • 2003 - SyBase Alliance event (London) - LogicaCMG Wins Innovation Award for Britannia Airways Wireless Solution[14]
  • 1998 - Irish Software Association (Dublin) - Logica Aldiscon awarded Irish company of the year[15]


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  4. ^ [1] First commercial deployment of Text Messaging (SMS)
  5. ^ [2] LogicaCMG sells Telecom Products
  6. ^ [3] Mighty Quinn back on top at Logica, Mobile Europe, Feb. 2007
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  9. ^ [4] Acision wins two Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards
  10. ^ [5] Acision recognised as Number One in SMSC
  11. ^ [6] Nationwide mobile location-based directory search awarded 'Best Consumer Innovation' award
  12. ^ [7] Global Messaging - Acision awarded Best Messaging Application/Service: Consumer
  13. ^ [8] LogicaCMG Wins Award In Recognition of SMS and MMS Messaging Excellence In Brazil
  14. ^ [9] LogicaCMG Wins Innovation Award for Britannia Airways Wireless Solution
  15. ^ [10] Logica Aldiscon awarded Irish company of the year

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