JDSU buys Arieso for location-specific telecom network intelligence

Contact: Tejas Venkatesh, Ben Kolada

JDS Uniphase has acquired UK-based Arieso, a provider of location-based telecom network intelligence software. The transaction is meant to help carriers alleviate bandwidth constraints caused by limited spectrum capacity.

Arieso provides location intelligence software that produces maps showing network traffic down to building-level resolution. This information, based on actual measurements from consumer devices, allows mobile operators to deploy small cells strategically or even offload traffic to Wi-Fi networks.

JDSU is paying $85m in cash for Arieso, which put up $27m in bookings last year. Assuming actual revenue is slightly below bookings, the deal probably values Arieso in the upper end of 3-5x revenue. That valuation is about one-quarter of what we estimate Intucell received in its sale to Cisco, but that valuation was certainly an outlier.

Perhaps a closer comparable would be Optimi’s sale to Ericsson in 2010 for $99m. We’ve previously heard the Optimi deal was valued at roughly 2-3x sales. Arieso raised $14.5m in funding from Add Partners Ltd and Qualcomm, among others. The company has marquee customers including AT&T, Telef√≥nica and Vodafone. Arma Partners advised Arieso on its sale.

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