Cabletron has outlined a two-year roadmap for its four recently created subsidiaries and announced a $200m (£125m) injection from an investment firm to help spin off the units.
The money from US-based technology investment company Silver Lake Partners will help the four subsidiaries, formed earlier this month, get off the ground and eventually go public.
The companies, Riverstone, Enterasys, GNTS and Aprisma, target the business and service provider markets, and Cabletron aims to float them as independent companies by the end of the year.
The roadmap, called Inherent Internetworking, will initially focus on developing products and services that manage core data networks and will outline how voice, video and data should be transmitted across the internet or service provider networks.
Over the next 18 months Cabletron will also roll out products and partnerships to help business customers replace their traditional private automatic branch exchange (PABX) systems with so-called soft PABX technology. This technology enables operating systems such as Microsoft NT and Unix manage voice and data traffic.
The first such partnership, announced this week at Cebit, is with Siemens which will bundle Cabletron's Smartswitch Routers and Smartswitches with its HiNet Xpress range of IP telephones, gateways and terminal adapters.
A Cabletron spokesman admitted that the company is the last among of its competitors to roll out a convergence roadmap, but said that unlike its rivals it has designed quality-of-service (QOS) synchronisation technology for its products, rather than bolt QOS onto existing tools.
"We've been building QOS into all our. If QOS is bolted on, the products take a performance hit because each box has to process this individually and slows everything down," he said.
The company expects to announce additional partnerships with soft PABX technology companies in October, but its own products for this market will begin appearing in June.
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