iconectiv is a company that provides network and operations management, numbering, registry and fraud prevention solutions solve communications problems, support complex operations missions and system interoperability issues for the global telecommunications industry. Headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey (U.S.), iconectiv has more than 5,000 customers on six continents and maintains several branches and subsidiaries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Central Services Organization, Inc. (1983)
Bell Communications Research, Inc. (1984-1999)
IndustryTelecom Research
PredecessorBell Telephone Laboratories
FoundedOctober 1983 (1983-10)
HeadquartersBridgewater, NJ U.S.A
Key people
Richard Jacowleff (CEO)
ProductsFraud & Identity
Network & Operations
Industry Registries
OwnersEricsson (2012–present)
Francisco Partners (16.7%, 2017–present)[1]
Number of employees
500+ (2017)

A major architect of the United States telecommunications system. iconectiv pioneered many services, including caller ID, call waiting, mobile number portability and toll-free telephone number (800) service. It also pioneered the prepaid charging system, the Intelligent Network and has been selected as the U.S. Policy Administrator by the Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority (STI-GA), to oversee the first and most critical step in applying the FCC-endorsed initiative to help U.S. mobile service providers stop illegal robocalls.[2]

iconectiv provides numbering services in more than a dozen countries, including serving as the Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) for the United States. In that capacity, iconectiv manages the Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC), the system that supports the implementation of local number portability and is used to facilitate number porting in the United States.


iconectiv was established on October 20, 1983, as Central Services Organization[3] 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 Holding 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 Internet domain name in comTLD, provided joint research and development, was involved in 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 nearby 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 by New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean in 1985, but moved its headquarters to Morristown a decade later. Bellcore also 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).[4] 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.[5] The headquarters was moved to Piscataway, New Jersey.[6]

The former headquarters campus in Morristown and its offices and laboratories in Red Bank, New Jersey, are former Bell Labs locations that were transferred to Telcordia.

Equal stakes in the company were sold in March 2005 to Providence Equity Partners and Warburg Pincus.[7]

Acquisition by Ericsson

On June 14, 2011, Ericsson announced an agreement to acquire Telcordia for $1.15 billion.[8] On January 12, 2012, Telcordia became a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson.[9] On June 15, 2011, Ericsson announced the completion of the purchase from private-equity firms Providence Equity Partners and Warburg Pincus,[10][11] with the goal to pursue industry trends that include mobile broadband, managed services/outsourcing and global OSS/BSS transformation.[12] The acquisition, which officially closed on January 12, 2012,[13] added about 2,600 employees to Ericsson’s staff.[14] On June 4, 2012, Telcordia and its products were officially rebranded as Ericsson.[15]

In the process of integration, 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.[16] 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 for its interconnection business.[17] During this time, Ericsson maintained its corporate presence in Plano, TX and iconectiv’s corporate presence in New Jersey. In July 2017, iconectiv moved its headquarters from Piscataway to Bridgewater, New Jersey.[18]

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 the company.[19]

Notable clients

In 2015, iconectiv won a contract procured by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate the Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC).[20] The service had been operated by Neustar Inc. for 18 years. iconectiv completed the transition from Neustar on May 29, 2018 becoming the Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) for the United States.[21]

iconectiv was awarded the contract from CTIA to provide Common Short Code (CSC) Registry Services, effective January 1, 2016.[22]

See also


  1. "Francisco Partners buys 16.7% stake in Ericsson's iconectiv". Telecompaper.com. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. "Mitigating Illegal Robocalling Advances with Secure Telephone Identity Governance Authority Board's Selection of iconectiv as Policy Administrator". Yahoo.com.
  3. Restated Articles of incorporation of Bell Communications Research, Inc.
  4. Dr. J. Robert Beyster with Peter Economy (2007). The SAIC Solution: How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470097526.
  5. State of Delaware, Office of the Secretary of State, March 17, 1999
  6. Tim McElligott & Jason Meyers, BELLCORE 3.0, Connected Planet, September 22, 2003 – accessed July 8, 2010
  7. "SAIC Completes Sale of Telcordia to Providence Equity and Warburg Pincus". Leidos.com.
  8. Ericsson to acquire Telcordia, press release, Ericsson, 2011-06-14
  9. "Ericsson closes Telcordia acquisition". 2012-01-12.
  10. "Ericsson to Acquire Telcordia for $1.15 Billion". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  11. "Ericsson Says It Will Buy Telcordia for $1.15 Billion". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  12. "Ericsson deepens back-office focus with Telcordia acquisition". Connected Planet. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  13. "Ericsson closes Telcordia acquisition for US $1.15bn after short delay". Vanilla Plus. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  14. "Ericsson To Buy Telcordia For $1.2 Billion To Add Services". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  15. "Say Goodbye To Telcordia". Light Reading. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  16. "Telcordia Applied Communication Sciences Becomes Wholly Owned Subsidiary Of Telcordia Technologies". OSS News Review. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  17. Interconnection solutions renamed iconectiv
  18. "Global Piscataway Telecommunications Firm Moving to Bridgewater". iconectiv.com. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  19. "Francisco Partners completes investment in Ericsson's iconectiv business". Ericsson.com. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  20. Kasra Kangarloo (2015-03-26). "NeuStar loses bid for lucrative contract after FCC recommendation". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  21. "Layoffs at Ericsson's iconectiv". Light Reading.
  22. "CTIA names Iconectiv to manage short-code registry". Telecompaper. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
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