Cisco has acquired a telecomms networking tools firm to flesh out its products for the lucrative carrier business.
The networking giant already owns a minority stake in Pipelinks and will offer $126 million worth of shares to acquire the remainder. Pipelinks develops routers for Sonet/SDH (synchronous optical network/synchronous digital hierachy) technologies. These are overlayed on carriers' existing networks to enable them to offer data services at higher speeds.
Curiously Cisco is currently working with another telecomms networking technologist, Ciena, to integrate its routers with Ciena's dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) kit. The resulting product will be aimed at replacing the need for SDH, or at least, direct connection to SDH.
No one at Cisco was available for comment at press time.
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