March 28, 2018Plantronics, a learning electronics manufacturer for audio communications equipment, announced today that they have entered a definitive agreement to acquire Polycom, a multinational VoIP provider for video, voice, and content communication collaboration.

This acquisition is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2018 with a cash and stock transaction valued at $2 billion. This acquisition deal will allow Plantronics to become a big part of the communications and collaboration industry.

Significant benefits that will come out of this acquisition

  • Polycom’s global leadership position in voice and video collaboration will accelerate Plantronics vision of delivering advanced communications experiences.
  • Plantronics will be able to expand its portfolio to provide more communication and collaboration products and services across the global ecosystem.
  • This acquisition will provide additional opportunities across the Unified Communications (UC) market and increase growth opportunities.
  • Polycom will significantly expand Plantronics offerings in management and analytics services.

This news definitely came as surprise this morning but Polycom and Plantronics are great partners of VoIP Supply and we are very excited to see what develops out of this acquisition.” – Paula Griffo, President and CFO of VoIP Supply

Feb. 14th – Valcom, a leading provider of emergency communication and VoIP paging system, acquired Keltron Corp., a provider of life-safety event management systems for colleges, university campuses, healthcare centers, and more.

These two companies will share technology, experience, and engineering but operate separately. This will help both Valcom and Keltron expand their product portfolio to provide customers with combined technologies.

“More resources will further the development of state-of-the-art systems that distribute the right message to the right people at the right time,” says Valcom CEO and Owner John Mason. “Both companies are committed to meeting customer and partner needs with the latest in technology as it pertains to life safety communication solutions.”

Communication has been playing an important role in healthcare and education industries. We are excited to see how these two companies will work together and bring more values to the customers!

January 4th, 2018 – Polycom announced that they have signed a merger agreement to acquire Obihai Technology, Inc, a VoIP audio solutions innovator based in California’s Silicon Valley.

Polycom is a multinational corporation that develops video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology. After completion of this strategic acquisition, Polycom expects to broaden their solutions portfolio to add the cloud-based capabilities and Analog Terminal Adapter solutions.

Obihai Technology specializes in developing software and hardware for VoIP endpoints. Their innovative development team will add great value to Polycom to compete in the global voice market. The acquisition is expected to close early in first quarter of 2018.

“Sangoma Technologies (the parent company of VoIP Supply)  always admires watching other North American based businesses growing both in revenue and product portfolio through organic growth and Acquisitions after completing 5 of them in 5 years ourselves,” said Tony Lewis, COO and General Manager of Sangoma. ”The acquisition of Obi by Polycom appears to be a great strategic fit and we look forward to seeing where the newly combined companies have to offer.”     

“I have personally had a good relationship with Obi over the years through the FreePBX project and always admired the product and people at the company and we congratulate Jan and the whole team on a job well done.  I think this is just a start of a busy 2018 of Mergers and Acquisitions in the VoIP and Telecom space and we will see many more of these in the upcoming weeks, months and quarters announced so stay tuned for a fun 2018.” said Tony Lewis, COO and General Manager of Sangoma

It’s always good to see more North American companies coming together and trying to figure out how to have broader product portfolio and be competitive in the global landscape. We are excited to see how the two companies collaborate and bring value to more customers in the near future!