Unisphere sells voice-switching unit to Siemens

Thu, 05/02/2002 - 8:00pm

Spreading yourself too thin may lead to mediocrity. Unisphere Networks Inc. is selling off its voice-switching business to focus on IP routers, its core product line.

In essence, the unit will be coming home again; Unisphere has struck a deal with its parent and largest shareholder Siemens for the unit. Siemens intends to integrate the voice-switching unit into its Information and Communications Networks division. Seimens will add the SMX-2100 Media Gateway and the SRX-3000 softswitch to its Surpass portfolio. Although financial terms of the deal were not released, Siemens sees the deal as a way to solidify its presence in the packet voice network market.

The two companies will participate in global distribution and joint marketing arrangements that will combine Unisphere's routing technologies with Siemens packet voice infrastructure products.

The sale of the unit may make Unisphere more attractive when it finally goes through with a planned initial public offering. The company has been planning the IPO for two years.


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