Irish technology company Openet has been acquired by rival Amdocs in a $180 million (€155.2 million) deal just two years after they settled a long-running patent infringement dispute.
Openet is a telecoms software solutions provider founded by Joe Hogan in 1999. It employs 580 people, 200 of which are in Dublin.
“Given the strong momentum of our business this is an optimal time to be joining Amdocs. The calibre, resources and reach of Amdocs will bring significant and widespread opportunities across each of our disciplines,” said chief executive Niall Norton.
The company provides software solutions that enable service providers to create new revenues and improve customer engagement. In recent years, it has become a leader in 5G charging and policy cloud-based technologies. Among its 350 customers are T-Mobile, BT, Sprint, Eir and Vodafone.
Openet, which prior to the acquisition was one of the largest privately-owned software companies in the Republic with revenues of about $70 million, also has offices in the US, Malaysia and Brazil and a global customer base.
“We have been on a 20-year journey in Openet to build a business of which we can all be proud,” said Mr Hogan, who serves as the company’s chief technology officer.
“In recent years, we have built new 5G products which are recognised worldwide for their innovation and modern open, cloud-native architecture. We all look forward to the combined technology strengths of Openet and Amdocs creating new opportunities for service providers at this exciting time of 5G adoption,” he added.
Amdocs is paying $180 million in cash for Openet with deal expected to be completed before the end of the year. The impact of the acquisition on Amdocs’ non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be neutral in the full fiscal years 2020 and 2021, and accretive thereafter, it said.
Amdocs, which was founded in Israel but is now headquartered in Missouri, two years ago agreed to license a number of patents to Openet as part of a settlement. The case began in 2010 when Amdocs initiated court action in the US alleging Openet had infringed its patents, a claim vigorously defended by the Dublin-based company.
“We are delighted the innovative Openet team is joining Amdocs. They bring world-class cloud-native capabilities, network pedigree, and deep 5G charging, policy and data management expertise,” said Shuky Sheffer, Amdoc’s president and chief executive. “The Openet solutions complement our portfolio and this acquisition is part of our mission to accelerate the industry’s move to the cloud.”
Nasdaq-listed Amdocs employs 25,000 people globally, including over 100 in Dublin. It had revenue of $4.1 billion last year.
The Openet deal is its thid Irish acquisition having previously acquired billing software start-up Brite:Bill in 2016, and ChangingWorlds in 2008.