Vonage to Acquire Nexmo for $230 million to Bolster Cloud Communications Offering

7 May 2016
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Vonage to Acquire Nexmo for $230 million to Bolster Cloud Communications Offering Image Credit: Vonage/Nexmo

Vonage has entered into an agreement to acquire privately-held Nexmo for $230 million in cash and stock to bolster its position in cloud communications.

San Francisco-based Nexmo is a global leader in the Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) segment of the Cloud Communications market, being the world's second largest CPaaS company by revenue. Nexmo provides communication application program interfaces ("APIs") for text messaging and voice communications, allowing developers and enterprises to embed contextual communications into mobile apps, websites and business workflows via text, social media, chat apps and voice, creating better customer engagement for their business.

According to industry analyst IDC, the CPaaS market is expected to grow to an $8 billion market by 2018. This rapid growth is being driven by the demand for communications within business apps and workflows, and the needs of new companies such as Uber, Alibaba and Snapchat, and traditional companies like KLM Airlines and Daimler, each of which are important existing customers of Nexmo.

With the addition of Nexmo, Vonage will have a total addressable market of nearly $28 billion by 2018, said the company.

Vonage CEO Alan Masarek
By combining Vonage's rapidly growing Unified Communications as a Service ("UCaaS") business, with Nexmo, the second largest player in CPaaS, we are creating the future of Cloud Communications. 

Mark Winther, VP Worldwide Telecom Consulting for IDC
Vonage's acquisition of Nexmo creates a Cloud Communications company that can not only help an enterprise's employees be more productive using robust UCaaS solutions, but can also enable enterprises to improve how they engage with their customers through embedded, contextual communications, on any platform and on any device.

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

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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