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Motorola Jumps At Leapstone

Motorola on Tuesday announced the purchase of privately-held Leapstone Systems, a communications software provider. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Motorola said no layoffs are planned as a result of the Leapstone purchase, and that the company will continue to operate out of its Somerset, N.J. offices as part of Motorola.

Leapstone's flagship Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) product suite is a real-time service delivery platform that enables fixed and mobile network operators to expand and evolve their service offerings through its Service Broker and Content Manager software products.

Motorola  gains Leapstone's established customer base that includes several leading service providers including AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

"We have a vision about the convergence of services. The key thesis around Motorola doing this is that we have intelligent service delivery and a content management platform to enable seamless communication across wired and wireless," Sean Matthews, Motorola's senior director, strategies home and services, told internetnews.com.

"Leapstone provides the engine and platform so operators have the tools they need to rapidly create services and bundles and deploy them, whether it's video, voice or mobile," he said.

Matthews added that Leapstone's technology will give Motorola a "broad-based engine" to address the needs of different carriers who are transitioning from legacy to next-generation networks.

The Leapstone CCE is designed to help converged services providers expand and evolve their product portfolios to include all elements of the so-called triple and quad play of services that includes IPTV , VoIP , high-speed internet data and fixed-mobile convergence.

Leapstone is the latest in a string of deals by Motorola. In May, the company expanded its IPTV offerings with the acquisition of Modulus Video, a privately held maker of MPEG-4 advanced video coding (ATV) compression systems.

In April, Motorola added to its Motorola Connected Home Solutions business by acquiring Terayon Communication Systems for $1.80 per share or approximately $140 million.