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Summary

On 23 July, Amdocs announced it had come to an agreement to acquire BSS vendor, Openet, for $180m. While Amdocs has been on an acquisition spree over the last four years to strengthen its position in the face of an evolving telecoms industry, how Openet fits into the big picture is yet to be seen.

Amdocs’ motives for acquiring Openet remain unclear

Last week, Amdocs announced that it had come to an agreement to acquire Ireland-based BSS vendor, Openet, for $180m. The move is somewhat unexpected as there is seemingly a great deal of overlap between the two telecoms software vendors.

In recent years, Openet has emerged as a real contender in the telecoms industry, successfully going head-to-head against large BSS vendors such as Amdocs. As communication service providers (CSPs) have shifted away from massive BSS transformation projects in favor of smaller, faster, cheaper, and more outcome-based investment strategies, smaller players like Openet have found a great deal of success in the industry.

Despite the vendor’s success, it remains unclear how the acquisition fits into Amdocs’ overall strategy moving forward. Both vendors have made a strong push toward the cloud and 5G monetization. In April, Openet launched ECS 8.0, which introduced a cloud-native version of its Evolved Charging Suite for 5G on top of the vendor’s microservices platform. Amdocs has also made significant investments in making its products cloud native. In addition to launching the AmdocsONE portfolio of OSS/BSS solutions earlier this year, the vendor also introduced a 5G Slice Manager and Microservices360, a platform aimed at helping the telecoms industry make the transition to a microservices-based architecture.

Amdocs has been on a bit of a buying spree over the last four years or so, acquiring Vindicia, Pontis, Brite:Bill, Kenzan Media, TTS Wireless, and Vubiquity in that time. The previous acquisitions, however, had a clearer strategy – enabling Amdocs to expand its reach beyond pure-play telecoms, into more media and content-focused industries. These acquisitions were also strategic to the telecoms industry. As CSPs attempt to become digital service and content providers themselves, the previous acquisitions provided Amdocs with the tools and expertise to help CSPs along in their transformation journeys.

How the Openet acquisition fits into Amdocs’ strategy is still unclear for now as both vendors have declined to provide any further insight ahead of Amdocs’ Q3 earnings report in August. What is certain, however, is that the Openet acquisition will strengthen Amdocs’ positioning as a leading BSS/monetization vendor. The hope is that the large BSS vendor will be able to leverage some of Openet’s most distinctive qualities – such as aggressive investment in advancing charging and policy control capabilities and shorter project delivery timelines – which the Irish vendor has delivered on so well over the last two decades. For now, however, we’ll have to wait and see what Amdocs has in store for its newly acquired asset.

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Author

Chantel Cary, Senior Analyst, Telecoms Operations and IT

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