• Microsoft agreed a deal to acquire Affirmed Networks, a wireless infrastructure solutions vendor and Vodafone investment. 

Microsoft acquires Affirmed Networks

Microsoft acquires Affirmed Networks

Source: Affirmed Networks

Microsoft agreed a deal to acquire Affirmed Networks, a wireless infrastructure solutions vendor and Vodafone investment. The software giant did not disclose the sum it will pay out, but a Bloomberg article indicated the buy valued Affirmed at about $1.35bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn). Microsoft described the takeover as a move to “evolve our work with the telecommunications industry”, ostensibly via its Azure platform, and the deal appears a response to the growing number of high-profile TelcoCloud partnerships being formed between operators and rivals such as Amazon Web Services, Google, and VMware. There was also speculation that the deal was instigated by Microsoft partner AT&T. Vodafone invested in Affirmed back in 2011, via Vodafone Ventures, but the level of its stake — and therefore buyout proceeds — is unknown. The Group has since indicated it uses Affirmed’s virtualised network solutions to underpin Narrowband Internet of Things offerings for enterprises (Vodafonewatch, #156 and #173). Arch-rival Deutsche Telekom was another early backer of the business.