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Cisco expand wireless Lan options with Airespace acquisition

Cisco Systems has acquired Airespace for £260m to expand its wireless Lan product portfolio.

Cisco Systems has acquired Airespace for £260m to expand its wireless Lan product portfolio.

Airespace's product portfolio includes WLan controllers, access points, WLan management and location software, and security solutions, including intrusion detection systems.

Cisco said the acquisition would allow it to address a broader set of market segments and "integrate advanced capabilities into current Cisco products".

Luca Cafiero, Cisco senior vice-president, datacentre, switching and wireless technology group said, "Cisco and Airespace are both committed to helping our customers take advantage of the productivity benefits of seamless mobility and computing by accelerating the adoption of intelligent, adaptive WLan infrastructure."

In the near term, said Cisco, the combined operation will continue to offer and support both the existing Cisco Structured Wireless-Aware Network framework (Swan) and the Airespace product lines. Cisco will then consider whether to streamline some technologies into consolidated products.

Airespace was founded in July 2001 and has approximately 175 employees.

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