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Xura, Inc.
Private
Industry Telecommunications software
Headquarters Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States
Key people
Pardeep Kohli (President and CEO)
Products Mobile Operator Messaging Infrastructure - SMS, MMS (2G / 3G - SS7), RCS, Advanced Communications and Messaging as a Platform (MaaP), Security & Signaling Control, Voicemail, VAS & Low Credit Services
Number of employees
1,800 (2016)
Website www.xura.com


Xura, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG) is a technology company headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, in the United States, that offers a portfolio of digital services that enable global communications across a variety of mobile devices and platforms. Xura markets and sells to communications service providers (CSPs) and to enterprises.

History[edit]

Main article: Comverse Technology

As a subsidiary, Comverse, Inc. was incorporated on November 19, 1997,[1] as part of the larger Comverse Technology.

In August 2012, a series of transactions were announced that would end Comverse Technology as a functioning entity, by making Comverse Network Systems an independent company once again known simply as Comverse, allowing Verint Systems (the former Comverse Infosys) to buy back Comverse Technology's majority stake in it, and selling off other subsidiaries.[2][3] Philippe Tartavull was named as the CEO of the independent Comverse, and continues to be President and CO of Xura, Inc.

These transactions were completed by February 4, 2013, and represented the effective liquidation of the Comverse Technology holding entity[3][4] and the emergence of Comverse, Inc. as a fully independent company.

History as an independent company[edit]

Results for fiscal year 2011, which took place as the spin-off of Comverse from Comverse Technology was happening, demonstrated a return to profitability, with a net income of $5.1 million.[5]

During June 2015 Comverse divested its BSS business to Amdocs. In August 2015 Comverse announced it had completed the previously-announced acquisition[6] of Acision, a privately held firm that specialized in secure mobile messaging and engagement services.

Following Comverse Inc.'s acquisition of Acision on 6 August 2015, Xura, Inc. was launched on 9 September 2015, as the new brand of the combined entity.[7][8][9][10]

On May 23, 2016,[11] Xura announced an agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group for $25.00 per share in an all-cash deal valued at approximately $643 million. This transaction was closed on August 19, 2016, when the acquisition completed taking Xura, Inc. from public to privately backed by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC.

The transaction saw Hubert de Pesquidoux, a Siris Capital Executive Partner, take the role as Xura’s new Executive Chairman.

On December 19, 2016, affiliates of Xura entered into agreements to acquire Mitel Mobility, a division of Mitel Networks Corporation ("Mitel", Nasdaq: MITL, TSX: MNW) for $385m, and Ranzure Networks, Inc. ("Ranzure"), an early-stage venture focused on developing 5G Cloud Radio Access Network ("RAN") technology, for an undisclosed sum.[12]

Xura building in Ra'anana at night, 2017

Products and services[edit]

Xura's products and solutions fall into two categories:

  • Digital Communications:
    • Mobile Operator Messaging Infrastructure – SMS, MMS (2G / 3G – SS7), RCS, Advanced Communications and Messaging as a Platform (MaaP)
    • Spam and Fraud Solutions
    • Network Signaling Solutions (SS7 and Diameter Security) Management Solutions
    • Secure SMS and IP Messaging solutions
    • Diameter Routing Agent
    • Telco-Web Communication Gateways
    • Voicemail
  • Monetization
    • Low Credit Services
    • Advanced Value Added Services

Industry recognition[edit]

Over the years, Comverse (now known as Xura, Inc) has won a number of awards within its industry, including:

References[edit]

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  8. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/introducing-xura-comverse-and-acision-launch-new-global-company-fresh-brand-reflects-digital-communications-leadership-525842251.html
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  11. ^ "Xura Announces Agreement to be Acquired by Affiliates of [http://www.siriscapital.com/ Siris Capital Group] for $25.00 per share in an All-Cash Deal Valued at Approximately $643 million". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2016-05-24.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Xura buys Mitel Mobility for $385m". Globes English. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  13. ^ http://www.comverse.com/news_media/awards/comverse-receives-2015-webrtc-product-of-the-year-award//
  14. ^ http://www.comverse.com/news_media/press-releases/comverse-evolved-communication-suite-wins-silver-pipeline-comet-innovation-award/
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  19. ^ http://www.comverse.com/press_releases.aspx?news=comverse-one-solution-wins-award-for-excellence
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  22. ^ "Comverse Wins Internet Telephony BSS/OSS Excellence Award" (Press release). MarketWatch. 6 July 2011. 
  23. ^ http://www.comverse.com/press_releases.aspx?news=internet_telephony_excellence_award
  24. ^ http://www.comverse.com/press_releases.aspx?news=comverse-wins-internet-telephony-bss-oss-excellence-award
  25. ^ "Comverse Receives a 2007 Internet Telephony Excellence Award" (Press release). Smart Grid. 17 September 2007. 
  26. ^ "Comverse Converged Billing Suite bags InfoVision Award 2007". Moneycontrol.com. 28 June 2007. 
  27. ^ "Comverse Receives 2007 IMS Leadership Award from IMS Magazine" (Press release). Business Wire. 19 June 2007. 
  28. ^ "Comverse wins industry award". Boston.com. 17 April 2007. 
  29. ^ "Frost and Sullivan Choose Comverse as Telecom BSS Vendor of the Year" (Press release). Frost and Sullivan. 15 June 2009. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. 
  30. ^ Galitzine, Greg (29 May 2008). "Comverse Nabs Industry Award Fourth Year in a Row". Technology Marketing Corporation. 
  31. ^ "Comverse MMSC Recognized With 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Award" (Press release). Business Wire. 29 September 2004. 

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