Paris, France -- Alcatel has signed a US$136 million agreement to acquire privately-held Telera Corp. of Campbell,...
May 29, 2002
Paris, France — Alcatel has signed a US$136 million agreement to acquire privately-held Telera Corp. of Campbell, CA, a company that provides a voice-web platform using voice extensible markup language (VoiceXML) to make web content accessible by telephone.
As part of the acquisition, which is expected to close in July 2002, Telera will become a part of Alcatel’s Genesys contact centre software business and will focus initially on the market for voice self-service solutions.
Telera’s Voice Web software platform uses VoiceXML and other open standards to enable service providers and enterprises to develop voice applications that use the telephone to access Web-based information. Alcatel says the acquisition will enable it to create a VoiceXML centre of competency that will be utilized by other Alcatel businesses to enhance product offerings for customers.
“Voice access to the Internet will be the spark for a powerful transformation in the way the Web is used and in the consumer services that are made available by enterprises and service providers,” said Olivier Houssin, president of Alcatel’s eBusiness Group. “The acquisition of Telera by Alcatel is a critical link in our strategy to build the applications that will drive the transition to converged voice and data networks.”