Genband Expands Reach in UC Market With uReach Acquisition
Company officials say uReach's solutions will complement Genband's technologies around voice and video communications.Genband, which significantly grew its reach in the competitive unified communications space when it bought Nortel Networks' voice over IP business in 2010, is continuing to add to its portfolio with the acquisition of uReach Technologies. uReach offers a range of unified communications (UC) solutions—from unified messaging and calling to voice messaging, video communications and mobile calling—to service providers. The acquisition of the company will complement Genband's existing UC solutions with a more comprehensive lineup of messaging services that can be deployed by service providers either on premises or through the cloud, according to Genband officials. The uReach technology dovetails with Genband's efforts to help service providers modernize their communications infrastructures, Genband CEO David Walsh said. "uReach has earned the trust of the service provider community, enabling today’s leading tier 1 carriers to modernize legacy voicemail systems with transformative mobile messaging and calling solutions," Walsh said in a statement. "Their technology aligns with our software-driven, open standards-based approach to network transformation—enabling a graceful migration away from expensive and aging voicemail technologies to real-time communications solutions of the future."
uReach, which was founded in 1998, counted several top-tier service providers among its customers, including Verizon, Sprint, Cox Communications and FairPoint Communications. The company offers a range of communications solutions, including MobileConnect for managing subscribers' calls, email, voice mail and fax messages in one inbox; MessageMate for unified messaging; and VideoBlogger, which enables users to easily record and post video clips. Other offerings include VoiceMail, VideoMail and VirtualReceptionist.