Ericsson to buy Push-to-talk solutions provider Genaker

Ericsson has agreed to acquire 100 percent stake in Genaker, a provider of Mission Critical Push-to-talk (MC-PTT) solutions.
The deal strengthens Ericsson’s MC-PTT offering as the mission critical communications and private network market is going through a significant technology shift. Traditionally, public safety communications have relied on private land mobile radio (LMR) networks limited to simple push-to-talk functionality. The legacy LMR networks need to be replaced due to the demand for exchange of pictures and videos, and cellular networks are the best for existing and emerging requirements.

“We have worked with Genaker as a partner in Mission Critical Applications for many years and we are taking this step to further strengthen our end-to-end offering,” Monica Zethzon, head of Solution Area Communication Services, Ericsson, said

Miquel Teixidor is the co-founder and chief executive officer, Genaker. Genaker, located in Barcelona, Spain, was founded in 2004 and employs around 30 people.

Ericsson’s MC-PTT solution was recently selected by Southern Linc, a U.S. communications service provider, who will provide the solution to its utility and public sector entity customers, as well as selected businesses.