TeleSign Acquires Routo Telecommunications to Enhance Security and Authentication Solutions

Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:00am EST

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  LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 12 (Marketwire) -- 
TeleSign, an Internet security and authentication leader, today announced
the acquisition of a global SMS provider to launch TeleSign Mobile, the
Messaging Services Division of TeleSign. TeleSign Mobile's network access
and direct connections to global operators enhances TeleSign's suite of
security and authentication solutions currently used by the largest and
most visible global consumer web companies.

    The acquisition will enable TeleSign to improve upon its market-leading
fraud prevention services and drive continued product innovation. Direct
access to data will power a new wave of fraud-prevention and smarter
authentication products.

    TeleSign, by virtue of the acquisition, now owns and manages its own
GSMA-licensed mobile messaging network with direct network access to
operators around the world. This strategic move will ensure high
performance, transparency, and long-term stability in cost and service

    "The work we have done to create TeleSign Mobile lets us connect directly
to over 800 GSM operators and we've added a team of SMS experts to our
quality practice, enabling us to offer the highest level of service,"
said TeleSign CTO, Charles McColgan. "Additionally, the acquisition gives
us direct access to data that will continue to enhance our comprehensive
security and authentication products."

    "The business thesis we built around security, mobility, data, and cloud
services, has become a reality and the market acceptance has been beyond
our expectations. Our unique offerings have been validated by the analyst
community and by our large global clients who continue to increase their
use of our services and subscribe to additional intelligence products,"
said Steve Jillings, CEO, TeleSign. "We are very excited to announce
TeleSign Mobile."

    In addition to enhancing TeleSign's core security and authentication
products, TeleSign Mobile offers global SMS services and self-service
tools that are purpose-built to serve the business automation needs
provided by a high-quality mobile messaging platform. 

    Key Links: 
 TeleSign Mobile:
 TeleSign CEO and CTO Video:

Blog from the CEO:

Acquisition FAQs:

    About TeleSign

    Every second, of every day, TeleSign protects the world's largest
Internet and Cloud properties against fraud. TeleSign's security and
authentication products provide an easy-to-implement and powerful method
for identifying and substantially reducing online fraud and spam. The
company protects 2.5 billion downstream accounts in more than 200
countries and territories, offering localization services in 87 languages
and dialects. In 2012, TeleSign ranked #23 on the Deloitte Technology
Fast 500(TM) and was named Visionary in Gartner's User Authentication
Magic Quadrant. TeleSign is a Summit Partners backed company.

    For more information about TeleSign, visit


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