Cisco To Acquire PipeLinks
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PipeLinks makes a variety of routers that are capable of simultaneously transporting circuit-based and IP traffic. The deal builds on a relationship began in 1997 when Cisco took a minority investment in the company.
Cisco said the acquisition will allow Internet providers to embrace new technologies, such as Internet telephony, while keeping their existing sychronous optical network and synchronous digital hierarchy equipment.
"This acquisition is intended to enable Cisco's service provider customers...to offer integrated network services for data and voice at the edge of the network," the company said.
To finance the acquisition, Cisco plans to take a one-time charge of between 3 and 6 cents in its fiscal second quarter.