**Editor's Note: Please click here for the biggest M&A in Q3 2012 in the service-provider and BSS/OSS spaces.**
InfoVista, with headquarters in France and Herndon, Va., has acquired Mentum, a global RAN and backhaul network planning and optimization solutions provider based in Paris.
InfoVista says the acquisition is part of its strategy to strengthen its solution set across the network life-cycle and customer-experience domains, enabling operators to better plan, operate, optimize and monetize their networks. This is InfoVista's first acquisition since being acquired by Thoma Bravo in March 2012.
InfoVista will use Mentum’s assets, expertise and technology and integrate it into its existing solution portfolio. The company says the combination of products will help mobile operators: deliver CAPEX-aware infrastructure dimensioning; benefit from a single partner for all technologies across all functional cycles; deploy a reliable path to Self-Organizing Networks (SON); and further monetize their network assets.
“Following the launch of InfoVista's SON solution at Management World 2012, the Company’s acquisition of Mentum demonstrates its commitment to become a major player in providing hybrid SON," said Mark H. Mortensen, principal analyst, Analysys Mason. “Incorporating real-time information and forecasted network intelligence into the RAN and IP transport planning processes will enable InfoVista to offer the accuracy and efficiency essential for optimized and just-in-time RAN and backhaul investments."