Lifetree Convergence Ltd., a Delhi based telecom software and billing solutions company, has raised growth funding from International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private equity arm of World Bank. Even though the amount is undisclosed, a 2007 project report of IFC showed that the PE entity was invited to invest upto $20 million of a total funding requirement of $60 million.

Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to Lifetree for the transaction. According to a statement from Avendus, the capital would be used by Lifetree for inorganic initiatives. The transaction was consummated in August 2008.

Interestingly, Lifetree was acquired by Finnish telecom company Tecnomen for a cash and stock consideration of €33.2 million. Lifetree Convergence was founded in 2000 by Atul Chopra and others. It provides convergent billing and customer care, rating, and messaging platforms for the telecom industry.

The operational support systems (OSS) and business support systems (BSS) software space, in which Lifetree is present, is a $29 billion opportunity, and is expected to grow at 8% year on year. Among them, the convergent solutions are expected to grow by 30% a year. Emerging markets are expected to contribute over 50% of the projected growth in this domain, a statement said.

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