It's been a busy quarter for fiber and colo M&A, but today's deal comes from the vendor side. Nokia has announced plans to acquire Deepfield, boosting its real time analytics capabilities for IP networking.
US-based Deepfield takes big data analytics and turns it toward the problems of network automation. SDN and NFV are offering network operators a panacea of potential capabilities for running their networks, but the issue quickly becomes how ensure you are making good decisions that take advantage of all that flexibility. Nokia is betting that Deepfield's real-time analytical technology will give them that piece of the puzzle, enabling them to get the most out of all the former Alcatel-Lucent technology that they now have.
I suspect we will see an ongoing stream of deals like this among vendors, with larger players bringing the best of the new generation of analytics, security, and automation companies in-house to complement their own capabilities. Terms of this particular purchase by Nokia were not disclosed.
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