news Telstra has announced it is acquiring long-term partner MSC Mobility (MSC), a provider of mobile device solutions for enterprise in Australia, in a move that is designed to support the telco’s growing enterprise mobility focus.
MSC provides mobile device management and provisioning services for large organisations, including providing devices and support to end users, and professional services such as strategy consulting and mobility solutions design.
The firm’s core mobile management platform incorporates software such as Airwatch and MobileIron.
MSC has been a Telstra partner for around a decade and is the firm’s largest enterprise mobility management partner, delivering device management services for a number of Telstra’s business customers.
Telstra said that the acquisition – expected to be completed within weeks – will enable it to build on this existing relationship, stressing the value of the reporting and analytics that MSC provides.
Michelle Bendschneider, Telstra’s Executive Director Global Products, said that the acquisition is a “key step” in Telstra’s focus on enterprise mobility, which the company has now prioritised as a “fundamental part” of Telstra’s growth strategy.
“This acquisition is an investment capturing the fastest-growing segment of the enterprise mobility market: managing the supply of apps, content and mobile services to enterprises,” Bendschneider said.
“To achieve our growth aspirations in enterprise mobility, we need to develop our customer relationships from a holistic mobility view, rather than just what sits on their device or tablet,” she said.
According to the Executive Director, acquiring MSC allows Telstra to work with a business customers’ entire enterprise mobility experience and manage it via “one unified platform”.
“This provides Telstra with an enhanced offering in the market and a seamless experience for our customers,” she said.
“In addition, MSC’s established processes and platform can be expanded to host and support the service in Asia, Europe and the US, which also supports our objective of growing this portfolio globally,” Ms
Bendschneider also raised the possibility of using MSC’s established processes and platform outside of Australia, “supporting our objective of growing this portfolio globally”.
Leuk Andersen, Managing Director at MSC, commented: “This is a great fit for our people and we are really excited by the opportunity to be part of Telstra’s strategic plan. Together we’ll have powerful capabilities in device and mobile applications management, security, IoT, machine to machine and asset tracking.”
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