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Metaswitch Networks
Type Private
Founded United Kingdom (1981)
Headquarters Enfield, United Kingdom
Number of locations 5
Key people Ian Ferguson, Chairman

John Lazar, CEO
Graeme MacArthur, GM, Carrier Systems Division
Phil McConnell, GM, Network Protocols Division

Stephen Halstead, CFO
Industry Telecommunications
Products Software and hardware solutions for service providers, network protocol stacks for equipment manufacturers
Revenue USD $113.7m (2008- '09)
Employees 500

Metaswitch Networks (commonly Metaswitch) is the trading name of Data Connection Ltd,[1] a private UK-based company that designs, develops, manufacturers, and markets telecommunications hardware and software solutions to communication service providers, equipment manufacturers and large enterprises.


Corporate History

The company was founded as Data Connection Ltd (DCL) in 1981 by seven former IBM employees led by Ian Ferguson, who remains chairman.[2] The company's earliest business areas included IBM Systems Network Architecture (SNA) and retail point of sale systems. In 1987, the founders established the Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) to hold the shares of the company on behalf of the employees, which enabled company-wide profit sharing.[3] To this day, the EBT holds a significant stake in the company which has contributed to frequently high rankings as one of the UK's Best Places to Work in the Sunday Times and Financial Times.[4][5]

The company launched its carrier systems business under the Metaswitch brand in 2000, and by 2008 that division was responsible for 78% of the company’s revenue.[6] In January 2008 Francisco Partners, a private equity firm, and Sequoia Capital, a venture capitalist firm, invested an undisclosed sum in Data Connection.[7] In April 2009 the company announced intentions to consolidate all of its products and business operations under the Metaswitch brand, with two business units: the Carrier Systems Division and Network Protocol Division.[8]. This rebrand was completed on October 7, 2009[9]

Products and Services


Network Protocols Division

The Network Protocols Division develops and licenses portable protocol stacks for system manufacturers of VoIP, IP Routing, MultiProtocol Label Switching (MPLS), Generalized MPLS (GMPLS), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), and Systems Network Architecture (SNA) equipment.

Carrier Systems Division

The Carrier Systems Division develops and sells a range of softswitch and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) products including: call/session control (CA9020), media/signaling gateways / media servers (MG2510, MG3510), integrated softswitches (VP Series), web services (CommPortal), application servers (MetaSphere) and network management (MetaView).


Metaswitch claims more than 250 equipment manufacturer and 400 service provider customers, including 150 independent operating companies (IOCs) and 125 competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs).[10]

Awards and Recognitions

  • Export Sales
  • Human Resource Awards
  • Product/Company Awards[14]
    • 2008 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award; TMC
    • 2008 Top 15 VoIP Companies – Metaswitch; Fierce VoIP
    • 2008 Excellence Award – Metaswitch; Internet Telephony
    • 2008, 2006 Top 100 Vendor – Metaswitch; Broadband Properties Magazine
    • 2008 Diamond Award– Metaswitch; Broadband Gear Report
    • 2008 VON Innovator Award– Metaswitch; VON Magazine
    • 2007, 2006, 2003 Frost & Sullivan Award – MetaSwitch; Frost & Sullivan
    • 2003 Pulver Top 100 – Metaswitch;
    • 2000-2005 Product of the Year – Metaswitch; Internet Telephony

Board of Directors


  1. ^ "Metaswitch - Legal Notices". Retrieved 2009-12-11.  
  2. ^ "MetaSwitch - Engineered for Success in VoB/VoIP". Optical Keyhole. 2004-03-15.  
  3. ^ "DCL: Hiring Towards Profits". 2003-09-22.  
  4. ^ "Data Connection #7, 2007". The Sunday Times. 3.11.07.  
  5. ^ a b "50 Best Work Places in the UK". The Financial Times. 2005-04-28.  
  6. ^ "Metaswitch Touts 22% Growth". Telephony Online. 2008-10-29.  
  7. ^ "Sequoia, Francisco Partners Invest in Telecom Gear Vendor Data Connection". The Deal. 2008-01-14.  
  8. ^ a b "MetaSwitch Forum 2009: MetaSwitch Appoints Lazar CEO; Adds DeNuccio to the Board; Consolidates Brand". Fierce VoIP. 4.08.09.  
  9. ^ "Metaswitch Networks Annual Results Show Revenue Growth, Strong Profitability and Market Share Gains". Metaswitch. 10.07.09.  
  10. ^ "Data Connection and MetaSwitch Report Record Revenues". 2008-10-29.  
  11. ^ "Data Connection/MetaSwitch Wins Third Queen's Award with 95% Export Sales". Red Orbit. 2006-04-21.  
  12. ^ "The Sunday Times". The Sunday Times. 2004-08.  
  13. ^ "100 Best Work Places in the EU". The Financial Times. 2005-04-28.  
  14. ^ "Awards and Certifications". Metaswitch Website. 1.12.09.  

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