Telstra sees growth opportunities in enterprise mobility

Moves to acquire MSC Mobility

Telstra has struck an agreement to acquire MSC Mobility, the telco announced today.

MSC is a Sydney-headquartered managed service provider focused on enterprise mobility. The company has a headcount of 100.

“This acquisition is an investment capturing the fastest growing segment of the enterprise mobility market: managing the supply of apps, content and mobile services to enterprises,” Telstra executive director, global products, Michelle Bendschneider, said in a statement.

“To achieve our growth aspirations in enterprise mobility, we need to develop our customer relationships from a holistic mobility view, rather than just what sits on their device or tablet.

“By acquiring MSC we can now work with a customer’s entire enterprise mobility experience and can manage it through one unified platform. This provides Telstra with an enhanced offering in the market and a seamless experience for our customers.”

MSC supports mobility platforms from VMware’s AirWatch, Apple, Appthority, Mobileiron and Samsung.

Bendschneider said that Telstra would look to expand MSC’s enterprise mobility managed service offering to Asia, Europe and the US.

Earlier this month Telstra announced it would acquire Australian software development company Readify. The Melbourne-based Microsoft partner has some 200 staff, including 160 developers. The telco said Readify would complement the capabilities it acquired when it bought cloud migration specialist Kloud earlier this year.

Telstra said the Readify acquisition would also build on a number of other acquisitions it had made to boost its technology capabilities, including the acquisition of unified communications and contact centre integrator NSC in 2013, 2 Networks in January 2014, and Queensland-based systems integrator Bridgepoint in October 2014.

Telstra's venture capital arm has also been busy. Telstra Ventures announced last week it had taken a strategic stake in Cloopen, a Beijing-headquartered platform-as-a-service provider.

That followed an investment in vArmour earlier this year as part of the cloud security company’s US$41 million Series D funding round. Telstra Ventures this year has also invested in Nginx, Instart Logic and Chinese cloud storage provider Qiniu.

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