Mobile roaming, messaging and networking Syniverse is selling part of MACH to complete its takeover process. Syniverse has been given the go-ahead to acquire its rival but the European Commission insisted that most of MACH’s data clearing and near real-time roaming data exchange business in the European Economic Area was sold to another buyer.
As a result, Syniverse has agreed to sell these assets to roaming provider Starhome. MACH will continue to run as a separate business for the rest of 2013, although Starhome says a ‘mutual roadmap’ will be developed for 2014.
Commercial terms haven’t been revealed.
Tal Meirzon, CEO of Starhome, said “Acquiring the MACH divestment business is a strategic growth step for Starhome. This move will enable us to grow in new directions and to better assist our customers with their multi-network challenges and competitive strategies. We plan to leverage the synergies between Starhome’s network solutions and footprint of over 200 mobile network operators worldwide with MACH’s IT services and technologies to create an end-to-end solutions and services portfolio, while bringing enhanced value to our customer base. We are very excited about the MACH management and employees who will be joining Starhome and enriching our extensive business coverage and innovation. We are fully committed to the high-quality service continuity and expansion of the data clearing and NRTRDE services for MACH’s 76 divested business customers, as well as for MACH customers in other regions who wish to remain with the excellent MACH platform and services. With Starhome’s global reach, our new MACH business will operate in all regions.”
|We spoke to Guy Reiffer of MACH about generating revenue from roaming services and applications at Mobile World Congress last year. You can listen to the interview (which starts at 21:40) via the built-in audio player or by downloading the MP3 file.
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