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Cisco to purchase WiMax supplier

24 октября 2007

Cisco Systems, the world’s biggest maker of internet switches and routers, on Tuesday said it had agreed to pay $330m to buy Navini Networks, a maker of networking equipment that runs on the emerging “WiMax” wireless standard.

Cisco to purchase WiMax supplierThe all-cash deal came a week after the United Nations approved WiMax for use on the 3G radio spectrum, boosting its appeal as an alternative to existing 3G broadband data services.

Unlike Wi-Fi, a rival wireless standard that operates at shorter distances, WiMax networks allow the high-speed transmission of information over distances of several kilometres.
Some telecommunications companies have expressed interest in using WiMax wireless technologies to replace traditional copper wires or fibre optic cable in the “last mile” between their data backbones and customers’ homes.

Cisco said the Navini deal would enhance its existing wireless business. It would also allow Cisco to extend its push into the world’s least-developed economies, which suffer from poor telecommunications infrastructure.

Companies such as Sprint Nextel and Motorola have announced plans to invest heavily in WiMax, which can deliver three times the data rate and two times the spectral efficiency of current technologies at half the cost.

Источник: Financial Times

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