Ericsson Buys MCPTT Provider Genaker
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | Comments

Ericsson signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Genaker, a provider of mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) solutions.

The acquisition strengthens Ericsson’s MCPTT offering as the mission-critical communications and private network market is shifting. Traditionally, public-safety communications have relied on private LMR networks with PTT functionality and limited data options. With increasing demand for exchange of other types of data, such as pictures and videos, 4G and 5G networks offer high-speed data communications.

Ericsson said it has been a pioneer in MCPTT over Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) technology and has been driving the standardization from the start in 3GPP Release 12. Ericsson is now investing in the MCPTT applications and clients of Genaker as a building block in the company’s focus on strengthening service providers’ capabilities toward mission-critical users.

The company announced MCPTT details earlier this year and an MCPTT contract with U.S. regional wireless carrier Southern Linc in February.

“We have worked with Genaker as a partner in mission-critical applications for many years, and we are now taking this step to further strengthen our end-to-end offering,” said Monica Zethzon, head of solution area communication services, Ericsson. “We’re really excited that the Genaker team is joining us and that we can bring the value of their expertise to our customers.“

Genaker, located in Barcelona, Spain, was founded in 2004 and employs around 30 people, all of whom will transfer to Ericsson as part of the acquisition.

“It is an honor that Genaker becomes the base of Ericsson’s global MCPTT offering,” said Miquel Teixidor, co-founder and CEO of Genaker. “Together we will leverage the best of the two companies, and we’re excited about this opportunity to offer customers around the world our next-generation MCPTT solution.”

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