Teleca, a supplier of solutions and services to the mobile and connected devices industries,today announced that it has acquired UK based SurfKitchen. The company, which has approximately 55 employees, helps mobile operators and their partners overcome the discoverability, usability and fulfillment challenges associated with the delivery of mobile applications and services.
The acquisition is said to strengthen Teleca’s ability to offer its products and solutions to the operator market, while SurfKitchen is said to gain access to Teleca’s global reach, customer portfolio, cost effective services and scale.
SurfKitchen will stay as an independent business unit within the Teleca organization, and the company will focus globally on the operator segment, concentrating on business development, sales & product R&D. SurfKitchen will leverage Teleca’s extensive global services for its customer deployment.
The acquisition is also said to fit well into Teleca’s strategy of expanding its mobile software outsourcing services to all relevant industries. In 2009, Teleca created a unit to deliver mobile apps, which has already achieved significant customer wins in the media and entertainment industry. Now through SurfKitchen, Teleca says it can offer the operator segment significant advantages, including complete end-to-end apps solutions, full content and subscriber management services, more than 80% market coverage, a first-rate partner network and increased competitiveness.
“This acquisition brings together two companies with very complementary skill sets”, says Michel Quazza, Chairman and CEO of SurfKitchen. “We get access to Teleca’s strong presence in the connected devices industry and its extensive partner network, while Teleca can offer its deep knowledge of embedded systems to our operator customers. The result is true end-to-end services that benefit the whole industry and will provide unique differentiation”.
“The mobile- and connected devices industries are moving from software enabled hardware businesses to hardware enabled software businesses”, says René Svendsen-Tune, CEO at Teleca. “We see rapid growth in the overall market of content and application consumption, and through this acquisition we can offer mobile operators, platform providers and other layers in the mobile industry complete solutions for applications and content delivery”.