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Gina Nasisi

The UC and collaboration space is shrinking with Mitel’s proposed acquisition of Atos Unify, Atos’ UC and collaboration business, two channel-centric companies revealed Tuesday.





Unified communications specialist Mitel will become the owner of Unify, Atos’ unified communications (UC) and collaboration business, the companies revealed on Tuesday.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Mitel said the deal will strengthen Mitel’s position in multiple geographies and expand the vendor’s reach as it fulfills its mission to become a global UC and collaboration competitor. It will also enhance Mitel’s ability to meet the changing communications needs of global enterprises through on-premises, hybrid and private cloud solutions.

According to the companies, the transaction will increase Mitel’s customer base to more than 75 million subscribers in more than 100 countries, while expanding the company’s global channel community to more than 5,500 partners.

[Related: Mitel Names Channel Chief, New Senior Leadership To Pursue And ‘Win’ UCaaS Opportunities]

Mitel said the two companies have a channel-centric heritage and the deal will enable partners to offer their customers flexible communication models, as well as global partner resources.

“This announcement demonstrates Mitel’s strategy and intent to be a leader in the UC industry and our commitment to the UC market,” MItel CEO Tarun Loomba told CRN via email through a spokesperson. “Mitel and Unify have highly complementary product portfolios, which means a broader portfolio of products and services can help partners win more business, while ensuring customers have the flexibility to choose their preferred communication model. will expand the global resources available to support the overall partner experience. We believe partners will gain a significant advantage by leveraging the combined strengths of Mitel and Unify.”

Once combined, Mitel, which currently serves business users in more than 100 countries, will also add managed services to its portfolio, the company said of the deal.

Loomba will serve as president and chief executive officer of the combined company. Additional members of the management team will be selected from both companies during the closing of the transaction, according to Mitel.

Atos Unify has more than 3000 employees worldwide. IT services company Atos acquired Unify from The Gores Group and Siemens for about $371 million in 2015, a deal that helped Atos enter the UC market.

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which is still subject to customary regulatory approvals.

The companies expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2023.


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Gina Narcisi is CRN.com’s Senior Editor, Networking and Telecom Markets. Before joining CRN, she was responsible for TechTarget’s network, unified communications and cloud space. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.


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