Sonim Buys Indian Software Developer

Sonim Technologies’ plan to hire engineers for a new R&D
center in India came through with a deal to acquire Bangalore-based Synergy Infotech for an undisclosed sum.

Next up on the to-do list: filling out its center there to advance wireless Voice over Internet protocol software.

“Sonim has been a partner with Synergy from an outsource perspective,” a spokesman for Sonim said. “The two companies have a lot of
history and [Synergy Infotech’s] existing a team can easily be folded into
the company.”

Although the San Mateo, Calif.-based Sonim gains more than 50 engineers with the acquisition, the company is still hiring at the center.

The Bangalore center
is Sonim’s fourth overseas office. It also has offices in Italy, Sweden and
the United Kingdom.

Sonim was founded in 1999 by telecom and IT veterans. It is privately held
and has raised more than $50 million in venture capital from 3i, Accel
Partners, Apax Partners and BV Capital.

It develops client and server software that enables wireless data network
operators to deliver high-margin voice services such as push-to-talk and
voice messaging.

Sonim competes with Kodiak Networks, Motorola , Nokia and FastMobile (which last month banked $12 million in new
financing).

For its part, Synergy executives cited the strong relationship with Sonim’s
and that company’s position in the market as reasons for selling.

“Sonim is well positioned to take advantage of developments in the field of
mobile telephony and provide the world’s best mobile VoIP solutions,” R.K. Kulkarni, Synergy’s CEO, said in a statement.

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