Cisco makes wireless spectrum purchase

Networking vendor adds Cognio to its ever-expanding acquisition portfolio.

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By  Michele Howe Published  September 19, 2007

Networking equipment maker Cisco has announced it has purchased US-based wireless network technology company Cognio for an undisclosed sum.

Cognio builds solutions that find and solve wireless networking interference problems enabling business critical wireless deployments to work.

"Wireless spectrum is a strategic asset for our customers, and its management is key to the robust delivery of mobility applications," said Brett Galloway, vice president and general manager of Cisco's wireless networking unit.

The deal is Cisco's eighth this year, meaning that with over three months to go before the end of the year it has already matched the number of acquisitions it made in 2006.

Its other acquisitions this year include video surveillance software provider Broadware Technologies, processor supplier SpansLogic, collaboration application firm Webex, and messaging security firm IronPort.

The vendor's acquisition record is still lower than in the past, however; the networking giant made a record 23 acquisitions in 2000.

The purchase of Cognio is expected to close in Cisco's first fiscal quarter, which ends in January.

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