The Redwood City, Calif., company said it intends to pay $2.26 per share to buy SignalSoft in a deal valued around $59 million, according to a statement. Both companies expect the deal to close in the third quarter, the statement said.
Representatives for both Openwave and Boulder, Colo.-based SignalSoft couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. At the close of regular Nasdaq trading Wednesday, SignalSoft shares were up $1.16, or nearly 110 percent, to $2.22. Openwave shares closed down 25 cents, or nearly 4 percent, to $6.14.
Openwave said it would add SignalSoft's software into its products and then market the goods to wireless carriers worldwide. Wireless carriers use SignalSoft products to meet a federal mandate to ensure that police are able to locate a cell phone that had 911 dialed on it.
Carriers are also exploring ways of using the equipment to offer new services such as "find a friend," in which cell phone users would pay a monthly fee to be able to know the location of a friend or colleague.
Ovum, a market analyst and consultancy, reported in February that it expects 385 million people to be using these services by 2006, generating nearly $11 billion in revenue for the carriers.