Accenture nabs Arca to bolster 5G, cloud and edge network capabilities

Accenture announced on Friday that it has struck a deal to buy Madrid, Spain-based Arca to beef up its 5G, cloud and edge compute capabilities.

Founded in 1998, Arca works with network operators, telco infrastructure companies and other large organizations to help them implement new digital technologies.

Arca provides multidisciplinary services for network operations — including activities to engineer, design, deploy, and manage telecom infrastructure — that are supported by an integrated platform that automates network monitoring, optimizes processes and predicts system anomalies. Those capabilities will be combined with Accenture’s SynOps platform to help organizations pivot their operating models to new sources of income.

Systems integrator Accenture said Arca will increase its ability to provide engineering, design, deployment and operation of network services across voice, video, data, video, fixed, mobile, 5G and IoT. The deal will also bolster Dublin, Ireland-based Accenture's network capabilities, particularly in 5G, across Spain and Portugal.

"5G, cloud and edge computing will usher in a new wave of change and innovation for businesses,” said Domingo Mirón, who leads Accenture’s business in Iberia, in a statement. “To realize their full potential, companies must act now to adopt the right strategy and build new business solutions enabled by network investments. By harnessing Arca’s expertise, this acquisition will strengthen our ability to help clients accelerate their 5G cloud network transformation from design through to deployment and operation.”

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Acra's 640 employees will join Accenture in Spain. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

"Our vision at Arca has always been to be a reliable partner on any type of telecommunications project and differentiate what we do by innovative processes, deep expertise and unparalleled talent,” said Arca CEO César Cid, in a statement. “Joining Accenture will enable us to advance our successful journey exponentially, especially as we bring capabilities to a global scale and capitalize on the breadth and depth of Accenture’s expertise across nearly every industry and market.”