ICT sector to remain strong in global economic slowdown, says Tekelec

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Broadband data management company Tekelec (Nasdaq: TKLC) is confident of growth opportunities even with the global economic headwinds, and maintains that the ICT sector will stay heated, particularly in emerging markets, Tekelec Brasil sales director Mauro Vicente told BNamericas.

The IT segment has been one of the few sectors that have grown in the worldwide economy, with emerging countries driving that growth as they still have a technological gap that has yet to be closed, he said, speaking on the sidelines of the Futurecom telecommunications conference in São Paulo. And Tekelec will continue growing at an above market pace in Brazil and the CALA region as a whole, he added.

In the ICT arena, the sharp decrease in overall voice/text services and solutions will be offset by booming high-speed internet, convergence, cloud and mobility, and this trend does not look like it will disappear in the short term, Vicente noted.

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At the same time, he believes operators will likely hold back on sizeable investments to better analyze how the market reacts to the ongoing situation.

In Tekelec's case, strategic mergers are not ruled out by the company, though "they will be evaluated more carefully," Vicente said.

The executive stressed that providing operators with solutions that can streamline their business and optimize capex and opex resources is one of Tekelec's main goals.

In that light, Tekelec sold to Brazil's second largest telecom operator, TIM, a policy charging rules function (PCRF) and a subscriber data management (SDM) product to support TIM in its offer of new prepaid and postpaid tariff plans for smartphone, tablet and netbook users.

"These services are now in the implementation phase, and should be running by the end of the year," Vicente said.