Consolidation of cooperation: Mitel to attract Atos’ consolidation to bring its own global UC business

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Gina Narcisi

The two channel-focused companies revealed Tuesday that UC and collaboration space is shrinking with Mitel’s proposed deal to acquire Atos Unify, UC and Collaboration in Atos.

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The two Unified Communications specialists, Mitel, revealed on Tuesday that they are set to become Unify, Unify Communications (UC) and Atos’ collaborative business.

This transaction will strengthen Mitel’s position across multiple geographies and expand the provider’s reach as it continues its mission to become a global competitor to UC and Co, according to Sunnyvale, California. It will also enhance Mitel’s ability to meet the evolving communications needs of global companies with on-premises, hybrid and private cloud solutions.

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

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

Both companies share a channel-centric heritage, Mittle said, and the deal will give the partners access to flexible communications models for their customers, along with global partner resources.

“This announcement demonstrates Mitel’s strategy, intent to be a leader in the UC industry, and our commitment to the UC market,” MItel CEO Tarun Loompa told CRN via email through a spokesperson. Mitel and Unify have highly complementary portfolios, which means a broader range of products and services to help partners win more business while ensuring customers have the flexibility to choose the communications model they prefer. Our combined operational scale will also expand the global resources available to support the overall partner experience. We see a great deal of positives for partners with shared strengths between Mitel and Unify.”

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

Lumpa will be president and chief executive officer of the combined company. According to Mittle, additional members of the management team will be drawn from the two companies during the closing period.

Atos Unify has more than 3,000 employees worldwide. IT services company Atos acquired Unify from The Gores Group and Siemens for approximately $371 million in 2015 in a deal that helped Atos enter the UC market.

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

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


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Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering networking and communications markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered networking, unified communications, and the cloud space for TechTarget. They can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.


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