Remote access firm Ascend has secured an undisclosed stake in start-up Fibex Systems, despite widespread expectations that the networking vendor itself could be the target of acquisitions.
Commentators believe makers of voice and data networking equipment will have a difficult time remaining independent, and expect Ascend to be courted by suitors such as Lucent Technologies or Tellabs.
Ascend's UK spokesperson confirmed the Fibex deal. It is expected the networking company wants to leverage Fibex' expertise in digital subscriber line (DSL) technology.
Fibex?s dlc Plus high speed digital modem will dovetail into Ascend?s push into the virtual private networking marketing by providing remote acess via the Internet.
DSL technology is generating huge interest among the competitive local exchange carriers in the US. All want to eat into the Baby Bells' marketshare, but they must lease lines from the Baby Bells before using their own kit to provide specialist Internet services. Those services could be much more cost-effective with fast DSL technology.
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