November 11, 2019
The latest Quarter marked a major milestone for portfolio member Tutela, as the company reached a definitive agreement to merge with Boston, MA-based Comlinkdata, the leading provider of telecom market data and insights in North America. Together the two firms plan to provide telecoms operators around the globe with complementary and extensive data on their consumer experiences, network performance and subscriber behaviour. This will enable clients to better understand and execute on opportunities to meet the evolving needs of their consumers.
The mobile services landscape is being disrupted by new 5G networks, operator mergers, the growing number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), and the entry of wireline ISPs into an already competitive space. In this environment, data-driven strategic investment is more important than ever for competitive differ-entiation and market success.
Founded in 2010, Comlinkdata provides unique, real-time market performance data and backs this data with a team of telecom-savvy analysts to help clients identify, understand and execute on growth opportunities. Marrying these offerings with industry-leading Quality of Experience insights from Tutela, the merged teams will be uniquely capable of helping network opera-tors and equipment manufacturers address current and future market challenges.
Commenting on the deal, Tutela CEO Hunter Macdonald stated, “Comlinkdata offers unparalleled market data and strategic analysis to telecommunications leaders, helping them acquire and retain more customers. This complements our own offering and mission to help improve the worldwide Internet. Under this new agreement, we look forward to continuing to provide our existing customers with industry-leading data and expanding our offering through new collaborations with Comlinkdata.”
For his part, Comlinkdata CEO Charles Rutstein commented, “We are excited to welcome Tutela to the Comlinkdata family. The wealth of data collected from the Tutela global panel of more than 300 million smartphone users has led to its selection by global telecom leaders including Nokia and Telefonica as the standard for network experience measurement. With Tutela on the team now, we have unmatched data, platforms and expertise to tackle the most difficult questions that drive success for telecom operators.”
The combined company will continue to offer both Tutela and Comlinkdata services while looking for ways to add value and create new services through the integration of the two datasets. The Tutela founders, leadership team and staff will remain with the company. With access to new scale and resources, that team will accelerate the growth of its dataset, build new services and help clients generate and apply new insights to optimize their businesses.
Wesley Clover and Alacrity Canada congratulate the whole Tutela team on this eventful exit, and wish them continued success in building their solution and business within this promising new corporate environment. More information is available at tutela.com.