As Expected, the Unified Communications Space Is Consolidating
Event Zero is the latest buyout
So far in this series, we’ve discussed how Microsoft’s (MSFT) recent acquisition of Event Zero is likely to help the company enhance its Skype for Business. Event Zero’s acquisition by Microsoft also marks the latest acquisition in the UC (unified communications) space, which has recently seen various buyouts by leading players. This is also in line with what we have stated in our recent Microsoft series, in that the UC space will see increased mergers and acquisitions in 2016. Let’s have a look at the acquisitions in the UC space that happened in 2015.
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The UC space is approaching maturity and consolidation
In 2015, Cisco Systems (CSCO) announced the acquisition of Acano, a video conferencing company, and Tropo, a cloud API (application program interface) provider. In March 2015, Mitel Networks (MITL) a telecom services provider, announced the acquisition of mobile carrier Mavenir Systems. In mid-2015, Avaya announced the purchase of Esna Technologies, a real-time collaboration and communications software provider. In November 2015, Thinking Phone Networks announced the acquisition of FuzeBox, a video conferencing company.
These buyouts indicate approaching maturity and consolidation in the UC services market. Industry experts think that the acquisition trend in this market is likely to continue in 2016. Nemertes Research is of the same opinion, as the above presentation shows.
Investors who wish to gain exposure to Microsoft could consider investing in the iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD) and the PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ETF (QQQ). IWD and QQQ invest 2.0% and 8.4% of their holdings in Microsoft, respectively, and have exposures of 3.4% and 28.4% to application software. To learn more, please read The Unified Communications Market: What Are Its Key Drivers?