Nokia Siemens Networks announced the acquisition of Apertio, a maker of databases that helps mobile operators consolidate subscriber information. The acquisition cost a sum of $205 million.

An excerpt from Red Herring:

The hefty price-tag for five-year-old Apertio, which has taken about $40 million in investments from Deutsche Venture Capital and Motorola Ventures among others, demonstrates the growing demand among carriers for flexible subscriber databases.

Apertio was among the first wave of startups to hop on the fixed/mobile convergence bandwagon, choosing to provide network operators with a common, open standards-based place to access and manipulate all of their subscriber data.

This acquisition demonstrates that customer data consolidation is of great importance when it comes to delivering new and improved services at high frequency.

More information:

Nokia Siemens To Acquire Apertio (InformationWeek)

Nokia Siemens to acquire Apertio (Telecommunication Online)

Nokia Siemens Buys Network Management Firm Apertio (PC World | IDG News Service)