Belden buys Trapeze for US$133m

The regional teams state that it is too early in the acquisition to predict what will happen to the Trapeze brand and how partner resources will be consolidated.

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By  Sathya Ashok Published  June 11, 2008

Global cable provider, Belden, has bought prominent WLAN solution provider, Trapeze Networks for US$133 million in cash.

The move will provide an entirely new set of products to physical-layer cable and connectivity provider Belden, and will help it address the increasing mobility needs of customers worldwide.

"Belden's strategic vision is to provide the best signal transmission solutions to our customers regardless of technology," said John Stroup, president and CEO of Belden. "We believe the acquisition of Trapeze Networks uniquely positions Belden to offer our enterprise customers tailored connectivity solutions that benefit from blending the strengths of copper, fibre and wireless technologies.

When contacted, Bassem Salhab, regional sales manager for Belden in the Middle East said: "This is going to add value to our products. We will have the full package when it comes to networking - the infrastructure and the wireless elements. It will give exposure on both ends. We can provide synergies to both our customer ranges. We can have new customers that we never dealt with before, and Trapeze can also access our customer base. It works both ways."

"We have made history. It is the first serious marriage between passive and active components. Together, we will lead the market in the right direction. From being on different layers, we are converging our solutions on the infrastructure level," said Feras Zeidan, regional manager, MEA at Trapeze Networks. He added that the acquisition will lead to both common services and a significant impact on research and development.

When asked about how the regional teams would be consolidated, Salhab said: "We are in the very early stages of the acquisition. It is very difficult to predict these issues. In reference to my experience, we merged with CDT in 2004 and it took us about a year and a half to design everything and decide how everything has to be in one office, under one team. So today it is difficult to tell you that it is going to be the same. I cannot tell at this moment what it is going to be like."

He adds that the regional teams have not received any internal communication on what is going to happen to the Trapeze brand going forward.

"We have had meetings with the Trapeze team during the Hotel Show in Dubai. They were exhibiting there. We were also exhibiting through our partner, Alpha Data. So we met initially and we definitely talked about how we are going to move forward but at this point in time, it is still very early," added Salhab.

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