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Metaswitch Networks
FoundedUnited Kingdom (1981 (1981))[3][4]
FounderIan S. Ferguson[3][4]
Number of locations
10 (2017)[5]
Key people
Martin Lund, CEO

Graeme MacArthur, EVP
Martin Taylor, CTO

Tom Cronan, CFO
ProductsVirtualized Software solutions for service providers, network protocol stacks for equipment manufacturers[2]
RevenueUS$156 million (2011)[6]
Number of employees
700 as of October 2011[7]

Coordinates: 51°39′10″N 0°5′16″W / 51.65278°N 0.08778°W / 51.65278; -0.08778 (Metaswitch head office)

Metaswitch Networks is a private UK-based company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets telecommunications software to communication service providers, equipment manufacturers and large enterprises.

Corporate history[edit]

Metaswitch head office in Enfield, UK

Metaswitch (formerly Data Connection Ltd) was founded in 1981 by seven former IBM employees led by Ian Ferguson, who remains on the board of directors.[3][4][8] The company's earliest business areas included IBM Systems Network Architecture (SNA) and retail point of sale systems. In the 1990s, the company began developing network protocol software.[3]

In 2000, the company launched the Metaswitch brand, which provided softswitches and network management systems designed to enable telephone service providers to migrate to Voice over IP (VoIP) networks while still supporting legacy telephone technologies.[3] By 2008, the Metaswitch division was responsible for 78% of the company’s revenue.[9]

In April 2009, the company announced intentions to consolidate all of its products and business operations under the Metaswitch brand, with two business units: the Carrier Systems Division and Network Protocol Division.[10] In October 2009, the company rebranded itself as Metaswitch Networks, to reflect the growing focus on the products and services that it sells to telephone service providers.[11]

In August 2011, the company formally changed its name from Data Connection Ltd to Metaswitch Networks Ltd.[12]

In July 2014, the company moved some of its software to open-source with the launch of Project Calico.[13]


In March 2010, the firm acquired AppTrigger Inc, a provider of service broker software in Richardson, Texas.[14] In April 2011, it acquired Colibria AS, a provider of Rich Communication Suite (RCS) software in Oslo, Norway.[15] In February 2017, Metaswitch acquired OpenCloud Ltd, a provider of an open mobile services platform.[16]

Ownership and investors[edit]

In 1987, Metaswitch established the Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) to hold shares of the company on behalf of the employees, which enabled company-wide profit sharing.[17][18]

In January 2008 Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, and Sequoia Capital, a venture capitalist firm, invested an undisclosed sum in Metaswitch.[19][20]


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  13. ^ "Metaswitch opens NFV code as Project Calico". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  14. ^ "Metaswitch Enters Service Broker Market with Acquisition of AppTrigger" (Press release). Metaswitch Networks. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Metaswitch Acquires Colibria" (Press release). Metaswitch Networks. 6 April 2011. Archived from the original on 9 November 2011.
  16. ^ "Metaswitch Eyes VoLTE With OpenCloud Buy | Light Reading". Light Reading. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  17. ^ Jander, Mary (22 September 2003). "DCL: Hiring Toward Profits". Light Reading. UBM TechWeb. Archived from the original on 3 November 2003.
  18. ^ "Stability". Metaswitch Networks. Ownership. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. The company is privately held by top-tier investment firms Francisco Partners and Sequoia Capital, as well as the Employee Benefit Trust (EBT), which distributes a share of profit to all employees…
  19. ^ "Francisco Partners and Sequoia Capital make significant investment in Data Connection and MetaSwitch" (Press release). Metaswitch Networks. 14 January 2008. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012.
  20. ^ Wilson, Carol (14 January 2008). "MetaSwitch gets cash infusion". Connected Planet Online. Penton Media. Archived from the original on 23 May 2010.

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