Telcordia Technologies, Inc., doing business as iconectiv, is an
American subsidiary of the Swedish telecommunications company
Ericsson. The company provides interconnection technology and
clearinghouse solutions for numbering plan, routing, call billing, and
technical standards coordination between competing telecommunications
carriers. Telcordia's headquarters are located in Bridgewater, New
Jersey (U.S.). The company maintains several branches and subsidiaries
in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Telcordia was formerly known as Bell Communications Research, Inc. or
Bellcore. It was the telecommunication research and development
company created as part of the break-up of the American Telephone and
Telegraph Company (AT&T).
2 Separation from the Baby Bells
3 Acquisition by Ericsson
Francisco Partners investment
6 Notable clients
7 See also
9 External links
Telcordia was created on October 20, 1983, as Central Services
Organization. as part of the 1982 Modification of Final Judgment
that broke up the Bell System. It later received the name Bell
Communications Research. Nicknamed Bellcore, it was a consortium
established by the
Regional Bell Operating Companies
Regional Bell Operating Companies upon their
separation from AT&T. Since AT&T retained Bell Laboratories,
the operating companies desired a separate research and development
facility. Bellcore, the tenth company to register an
name in com TLD, provided joint research and development, standards
setting, training, and centralized government point-of-contact
functions for its co-owners, the seven Regional Holding Companies that
were themselves divested from AT&T as holding companies for the 22
local Bell Operating Companies.
Bellcore's initial staff and corporate culture were drawn from the
Bell Laboratories locations in northern New Jersey, plus
additional staff from AT&T and regional operating companies. The
company originally had its headquarters in Livingston with dedication
New Jersey Governor
Thomas Kean in 1985, but moved its headquarters
to Morristown a decade later. Bellcore operated the former Bell System
Center for Technical Education in Lisle, Illinois.
Separation from the Baby Bells
In 1996, the company was provisionally acquired by Science
Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The sale was closed
one year later, following a regulatory approval process that covered
all the states individually. Since the divested company no longer had
any ownership connection with the Bell regional companies, the name
was officially changed to Telcordia Technologies. in 1999. The
headquarters was eventually moved to Piscataway. Stake in the
company was subsequently sold in November 2004 to Providence Equity
Partners and Warburg Pincus, who both held equal stakes in the
company. On June 14, 2011,
Ericsson announced an agreement to acquire
Telcordia for $1.15 billion. On January 12, 2012, Telcordia became
a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson.
Telcordia has been a major architect of the United States
telecommunications system and has pioneered many services, including
caller ID, call waiting, mobile number portability and toll-free
telephone number (800). Its expertise is in managing large, complex
projects across the operations and communications spectrum.
Telcordia offers products and services in the area of network planning
and engineering, service assurance, delivery, fulfillment and data
management and operations support. Telcordia’s software products are
designed to solve communications problems, support complex operations
missions and system interoperability issues. It also writes proposed
Generic Requirements (GRs) for telecommunications industry hardware
and offers consulting on these GRs.
Telcordia maintained headquarters in Piscataway, New Jersey, and
operates a software development facility in Chennai, India. Telcordia
pioneered the prepaid charging system, the Intelligent Network. Most
of the development work in intelligent networks is conducted in the
India and the United States. The former headquarters
campus in Piscataway and its offices and laboratories in Red Bank, New
Jersey, are former
Bell Labs locations that were transferred to
Acquisition by Ericsson
On June 15, 2011,
Ericsson announced the purchase of Telcordia for
$1.15 billion from private-equity firms Providence Equity Partners
and Warburg Pincus in order to pursue industry trends that include
mobile broadband, managed services/outsourcing and global OSS/BSS
transformation. The acquisition, which officially closed on
January 12, 2012, added about 2,600 employees to Ericsson’s
staff. Telcordia was folded into Ericsson’s multimedia unit,
now called Support Solutions. On June 4, 2012, Telcordia and its
products were officially rebranded as Ericsson.
As part of the deal, Telcordia’s Advanced Technology Solutions
business unit, the company’s research arm, was rebranded as Applied
Communication Sciences, and became a wholly owned subsidiary of
Ericsson that operated operating independently on day-to-day
operations pursuant to a proxy structure mandated by the U.S.
government. In October 2012, Applied Communication Sciences
relocated its headquarters to Basking Ridge, New Jersey, occupying the
former headquarters of AT&T Wireless.
In February 2013,
Ericsson launched iconectiv as the new brand for its
interconnection business. During this time,
its corporate presence in Piscataway, New Jersey, where Telcordia was
In July 2017, iconectiv moved its headquarters from Piscataway to
Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Francisco Partners investment
On August 10, 2017,
Francisco Partners announced a $200 million
investment in iconectiv and received a 16.7 percent ownership stake in
In 2015, Telcordia won a contract procured by the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to operate the Number Portability
Administration Center (NPAC). The service had been operated by
Neustar Inc. for 18 years.
Telcordia, dba iconectiv, was awarded the contract from CTIA to
provide Common Short Code (CSC) Registry Services, effective January
Telcordia LERG Routing Guide
Francisco Partners buys 16.7% stake in Ericsson's iconectiv".
Telecompaper.com. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
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