Cisco Completes Acquisition of Starent Networks

by Jeff Wiener on January 1, 2010

Although this information is old news (it happened last week), I missed reporting on it.

Cisco completed its acquisition of Starent Networks. Starent is a leading supplier of Internet Protocol (IP) based mobile infrastructure solutions targeting mobile and converged carriers.

With the Mobile Internet at an inflection point as IP-enabled Smartphones and other connected mobile devices gain rapid acceptance, service providers have been actively investing in this market. Global mobile data traffic is expected to more than double every year through 2013, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index.

Starent Networks’ mobile infrastructure solutions play an important role in enabling service providers to scale their mobile infrastructure and monetize their investments via differentiated experiences. They provide the multimedia intelligence, core network functions and services to manage access from any 2.5G, 3G and 4G radio network to a mobile operator’s packet core network. Starent Networks’ access-independent technology is deployed in CDMA2000 (1X, EV-DO), UMTS/HSPA and WiMAX networks.

With the completion of the transaction, Starent Networks becomes part of Cisco’s new Mobile Internet Technology Group within the Service Provider Group (SPG). This will clearly position Cisco as a leading player in this market.

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