Telstra buys up Aussie mobile management specialist

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Telstra buys up Aussie mobile management specialist

Keeps acquisition price under wraps.

Telstra has continued its acquisition spree into the enterprise mobility space, buying up partner MSC Mobility to bolster its EMM skills base and close gaps in its market offering.

MSC, which claims to be the largest dedicated mobility managed service provider in Australia, supports its customers through an integrated managed service that brings together solutions from Airwatch, MobileIron and BlackBerry, plus San Francisco-based vendor Appthority.

Having been a Telstra partner for ten years already, the telco says the full integration of MSC Mobility into the Telstra business means it can now present a more unified, end-to-end product suite to customers.

It also means Telstra will have access to roughly 100 Sydney-based enterprise mobility specialists currently on the MSC books.

“By acquiring MSC we can now work with a customer’s entire enterprise mobility experience and can manage it through one unified platform,” said Telstra’s executive director of global products, Michelle Bendschneider.

“This provides Telstra with an enhanced offering in the market and a seamless experience for our customers."

A spokesman for Telstra declined to disclose the value of the deal, citing commercial confidentiality.

MSC already delivers device management services to a number of Telstra customers under its existing partner arrangement.

The company has been operating for ten years, and currently has roughly 80,000 end users under its watch, including a host of law enforcement customers.

Bendschneider also said the platform and processes MSC has developed to support their managed services clients could form part of Telstra’s planned expansion into Asian, European and US markets.

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