Natural Convergence has bought fellow Canadian company NewStep Networks. Natural gets the ability to integrate NewStep’s fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solution with its silhouette hosted VoIP software application. Terms of the deal weren’t announced, so this was most likely either a stock deal or a stock and a little cash.
Exactly what Natural gets in the deal from the Toronto-based company other than a name brand, code, and some customers isn’t clear. NewStep has FMC deployments in North America, Europe and Asia claims the press release, but the company effectively disappeared off the radar after NXTComm ’08 (June 2008). NewStep President/CEO Peter Vicars tried to shift the company away from a message of FMC into a world of “anytime, anywhere” communications and “service convergence” but that message went silent.
Natural now gets to integrate a FMC solution into its hosted offering. Other independent FMC/mobile UC companies have built partnerships with larger players, such as DiVitas Networks working with Avaya and waving its flag at the AT&T developer conference.