Huawei buys software networking tech from Irish Amartus

The acquisition will help Huawei's expansion in Europe

Mobile Networks

Mobile Networks

Chinese networking giant Huawei has bought the software-defined networking (SDN) division of Irish telecom software maker Amartus.

Amartus' senior team and product staff in Ireland will join Huawei, which sees the acquisition as a way to expand its investment in research and development in Ireland and Europe, it said in a news release.

The part of privately held Amartus that remains unsold will continue serving current customers and will focus on providing telecom software development, integration expertise and services to vendors and service providers.

Amartus's main product is Chameleon SDS, which it describes as a "service orchestration platform" for cloud and network services. It allows telecom operators to control networks virtually and automate the delivery of network services.

The acquisition of Amartus' software assets and staff will improve Huawei's competitiveness in the SDN market and help it develop high quality cloud and network services, it said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Neither Amartus nor Huawei immediately responded to a request for comment.

This isn't the first time that Huawei has acquired a European tech firm. In 2012, it bought the U.K.-based Centre for Integrated Photonics, which conducts research, designs, develops, manufactures and tests photonic devices. Last year Huawei bought U.K.-based Neul for a reported €25 million. Neul focuses on narrow band cellular Internet of things technology,

Europe is of strategic importance to Huawei. Last October, it said Europe is its top destination for overseas investment and said it would hire 5,500 more people there in the next five years, and double its Europe-based R&D staff in the next three years.

Currently, the company runs 17 R&D sites in Europe, covering wireless, fixed, optical, future network, standard and chipset design technologies. It has over 7,700 staff based in Europe of whom 850 work in R&D, according to the company website. Huawei also works with European telecom operators including British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and KPN.

Europe has a more interesting investment climate for the company than the U.S. In 2012, a U.S. congressional committee declared Huawei a security threat because of its alleged ties to the Chinese government. Huawei has consistently denied involvement in state-sponsored cyber-espionage.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, online payment issues as well as EU technology policy and regulation for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags business issuesHuawei TechnologiesMergers and acquisitionsAmartus

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Loek Essers

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?