Antenna Buys Volantis

Mobile internet software company Volantis Systems has been acquired by Antenna Software, a mobile app development firm. Antenna says the combination of its proven mobile apps technology with the ability to harness the power of the mobile internet, uniquely positions the company as a complete, end-to-end mobile solutions provider for enterprises and carriers, across all internet-connected mobile devices, from smartphones and tablets through to browser-enabled feature phones.

“According to a recent IDC forecast, in 2011 half of all web users are going to be mobile web users, and by 2014 we estimate they will have downloaded 76.9bn apps,” says Nick McQuire, IDC’s research director for EMEA Enterprise Mobility. “It’s clear that no company can afford to have just a mobile website strategy or just a mobile apps strategy. As such, the combined experience and capabilities of Antenna and Volantis make them well positioned to take advantage of the way in which the mobile internet is developing on a global scale.”

Operating under the Antenna brand, the combined company will continue to provide full support for Volantis’ products to its current customers, prospects and partners through its existing teams in the Volantis offices in Guildford, Seattle, Krakow, Pune and Hong Kong –strengthening Antenna’s global presence, particularly across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The addition of Volantis’ complementary technology allows Antenna to immediately offer its customers a significantly broader range of mobile web solutions, including the underlying architecture for mobile commerce and enterprise app stores. This adds to Antenna’s on-demand (SaaS) Antenna Mobility Platform (AMP) offering, which powers the company’s suite of mobile business and consumer applications.

“This is truly a watershed moment for Antenna that takes us closer to our vision of being the mobile platform for the Global 1000,” says Antenna president and CEO, Jim Hemmer. “With Volantis as part of the Antenna family, our customers can go to a single provider for all their mobility needs. Our mobile solutions not only manage the complex requirements of the workforce, but also the mobile demands of millions of consumers who want to interact with a brand on the go across myriad devices.”