IBM adds Vallent tech to Tivoli software unit

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

IBM is buying Vallent, which supplies network performance monitoring and service management software for wireless service providers, for an undisclosed amount, it announced this month.

Vallent, a privately-held company based in the US which employs more than 400 staff, provides software designed to help service providers manage the performance of their network infrastructure through monitoring and reporting problem areas such as dropped calls and traffic bottlenecks.

It also helps operators improve wireless service quality and identify network problems before they affect customers.

Following completion of the acquisition in the first quarter of 2007, IBM will integrate Vallent into its Software Group as part of its Tivoli Software unit, the same unit into which the Netcool assets from IBM’s Micromuse acquisition of last February have been integrated.

“Today’s service provider landscape is changing dramatically,” said Al Zollar, general manager, IBM Tivoli software.

“Mergers, partnerships, and technology are making fixed-mobile convergence a reality. To compete, operators must manage the customer experience across large, heterogeneous, and complex service delivery infrastructures.

“The combination of Vallent and Netcool software will offer service providers an unparalleled set of network and service management tools with insight spanning from the IP [internet protocol] core all the way to service quality as perceivedby the end user.”

Vallent has more than 200 customers worldwide, including market leaders such as KPN, Bharti, China Mobile, and Brasil Telecom, as well as equipment providers such as Lucent, Motorola, and Alcatel.

The combination of Vallent’s software and IBM’s management capabilities will enable service providers to deliver and manage end-to-end high quality services across wireline, wireless, IP and converged fixed/mobile network infrastructures, the company said.

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