​Telstra strengthens enterprise mobility offering with MSC Mobility acquisition

Telstra plans to complete the acquisition of MSC Mobility in the coming weeks that will enable the telco to expand its end-to-end device management services for enterprise customers.

Telstra has entered into an agreement to acquire Australian enterprise mobility solutions provider MSC Mobility, as a move to hone its focus on enterprise mobility.

MSC provides mobile device management and provisioning services, including devices and support to end users, strategy consulting, and mobility solutions design, through some of its core capabilities such as Airwatch and MobileIron.

With expectations the transaction will be completed in the coming weeks, Michelle Bendschneider, Telstra executive director global products, said the move is part of Telstra's overall growth strategy to prioritise its focus on enterprise mobility.

"This acquisition is an investment capturing the fastest growing segment of the enterprise mobility market: managing the supply of apps, content, and mobile services to enterprises. To achieve our growth aspirations in enterprise mobility, we need to develop our customer relationships from a holistic mobility view, rather than just what sits on their device or tablet," she said.

Bendschneider added that the acquisition will specifically enable Telstra to provide end-to-end device management services, including reporting and analytics, directly to its enterprise customers.

MSC has partnered with Telstra for the last decade as the largest enterprise mobility management partner, delivering device management services for a large number of the telco giant's enterprise customers.

In June, Telstra confirmed an outage in Victoria affected several businesses and enterprise customers, including the National Australia Bank and Melbourne's public transport system myki. The outage saw online services brought down for more than six hours. It was the seventh Telstra outage this year.