IBM to acquire Israel mobile software firm Red Bend

Thursday, 18 October 2012

According to a recent update, IBM Corp is in advanced talks to buy 71 percent market share of Israel-based Red Bend Software. If reports are to be believed, the latest deal between IBM and red Bend will close for $200 to $250 million.

Founded in 1999 by Yoram Salinger, the Red Bend is a software company which offers mobile software and mobile virtualization technologies to mobile phone manufacturers and operators. It enables multiple operating systems to run simultaneously on a mobile phone. Also, it facilitates cellular phone manufacturers to speed up new embedded services and respond swiftly to faults. This way, operators can reduce support costs via remote updates using the web.

It is worth noticing, the latest deal would be IBM's 12th acquisition in Israel and the second in the mobile sector.

Reliable insiders informed our team that Red Bend has over 80 customers, including Intel, LG Electronics, Motorola, China Mobile, Qualcomm,Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson and Sharp.

However, it is difficult to say anything how IBM will get benefitted from its upcoming deal as officials at Red Bend were not immediately available for comment. On the other hand, a spokeswoman at IBM   declined to comment.