Ribbon Boosts SD-WAN and UCaaS Offerings with Acquisition of Edgewater Networks for $110M

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Ribbon Boosts SD-WAN and UCaaS Offerings with Acquisition of Edgewater Networks for $110M Image Credit: Ribbon Communications

Ribbon Communications announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Edgewater Networks, a market leader in Network Edge Orchestration for the SME and Unified Communications (UC) market, for $110 million.

This acquisition will allow Ribbon to offer its global customer base a complete core-to-edge product portfolio, unrivaled end-to-end service assurance and analytics solutions, and a fully integrated SD-WAN service.

"With Edgewater Networks strong, sustained growth in recent years and their complementary solutions set, this acquisition makes sense on a number of fronts for Ribbon, allowing them to strengthen their position in enterprise SBCs,” said Diane Myers, senior research director for IHS Markit. 

The combined portfolio is expected to further strengthen the new Ribbon Protect UC security offering with voice and data intelligence from the enterprise edge and customer premises. With the ability to serve the core to the edge of the network, Ribbon will be equipped to provide an end-to-end connection to the enterprise and deliver unparalleled service assurance, security and monitoring capabilities.

Upon completion of the transaction, the Kandy Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) offering will also be enhanced with the ability to provide analytics and service assurance capabilities across the enterprise network edge.  In addition, Ribbon’s Microsoft Skype for Business and Teams offerings will be expanded by Edgewater Networks Intelligent Edge solutions.

Fritz Hobbs, President and CEO, Ribbon Communications
The combination of Ribbon Communications and Edgewater Networks creates a best-in-breed, complete platform that extends our leadership position in the SBC, cloud UC, security and analytics markets.

David Norman, CEO, Edgewater Networks
The combination of Ribbon and Edgewater Networks will allow us to better serve customers globally and accelerate our pace of innovation in the UC and SD-WAN markets.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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