RingCentral and Mitel Announce Strategic Partnership to Enable Customers to Transition Seamlessly to Cloud-Based Unified Business Communications
RingCentral to become exclusive UCaaS partner to Mitel for its customer base of over 35 million users
RingCentral acquires differentiated CloudLink technology to enable a unique transition path from on-premises PBX to RingCentral’s Message Video Phone (MVP) cloud platform
Mitel investor group led by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (“Searchlight”) to invest $200 million in RingCentral
RingCentral, Inc., a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications, video meetings, collaboration, and contact center solutions, and Mitel, a global leader in business communications, announced a strategic partnership to provide Mitel’s global customer base with a seamless migration path to RingCentral’s Message Video Phone™ (MVP®) cloud communications platform.
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- RingCentral becomes the exclusive UCaaS partner for Mitel
- Integration of RingCentral MVP with Mitel’s unique CloudLink technology will provide Mitel’s user base of over 35 million an easy migration path to RingCentral’s industry leading MVP cloud communications platform
- Mitel continues to focus on delivering leading UC solutions and innovation for its global customers
As part of this agreement, RingCentral becomes Mitel’s exclusive UCaaS partner, providing their customers with a next generation, mobile-first, cloud communications platform with high reliability and security, rich functionality, and broad enterprise app integrations. Mitel will continue to support customers on its MiCloud Connect platform and, working with RingCentral, provide a seamless path to RingCentral’s best-in-class cloud-based MVP for all its customers in a manner and pace that best fits each customer’s needs.
“We are excited to bring the market-leading UCaaS solution to our customers and channel partners with RingCentral as our exclusive UCaaS partner,” said Tarun Loomba, newly appointed president and chief executive officer at Mitel. “The unique depth of this partnership furthers our strategy of delivering world-class communications to our customers and providing them a clear and flexible path for the future.”
CloudLink, an innovative cloud platform enabling customers to integrate their on-premises infrastructure with modern cloud applications, will enable Mitel customers to leverage their existing on-premises PBX capabilities via the RingCentral application. This use case provides a seamless, highly differentiated transition path to full cloud adoption.
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“We are bringing together the best of Mitel and RingCentral to give customers the right communications and collaboration solutions for their needs,” said Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral’s founder, chairman and chief executive officer. “Given our maniacal customer-centric focus, we’re delighted to now be able to offer customers a flexible and differentiated digital transformation path.”
RingCentral will pay Mitel $650 million to acquire intellectual property rights and patents covering network and call management, security, and infrastructure. Demonstrating its commitment and excitement about the partnership, Mitel’s existing investor group led by affiliates of Searchlight will invest $200 million in equity in RingCentral as part of the transaction.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation is serving as legal advisor to RingCentral and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal advisor to Searchlight and MLN TopCo Limited, the parent of Mitel.
Product and go-to-market
Product will continue to be branded RingCentral MVP, accelerating availability to Mitel’s entire customer base through RingCentral’s and Mitel’s combined channels. Additional product enhancements leveraging joint technologies beginning with Mitel phone and device support for RingCentral MVP is planned for the first half of 2022.
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