Cisco has acquired two Californian telecomms equipment firms to help in its quest to move carriers? voice and data services away from circuit switched networks to cell and packet based ones.
The networking giant has agreed to purchase Fibex Systems of Petaluma and Sentient Networks based in Milpitas for a combined total of $445 million worth of stock. They will be integrated into Cisco?s service provider unit.
Fibex, which was founded in 1997 and employs 100 people, develops Integrated Access Digital Loop Carrier (IADLC) products that combine voice and data services using asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology.
Sentient, which was established in 1995 and has 102 staff, offers an high density ATM Circuit Emulation Service (CES) Gateway that can transport circuit based leased line services across packet based ATM networks.
The acquisitions represent Cisco?s latest bid to flesh out its products for the carrier and Internet Service Provider markets. Analysts are also waiting for the firm to acquire or develop terabit switching devices that would go a long way towards helping carriers move to the converged voice and data world.
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