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Calix to acquire Ericsson's fibre access assets

The two firms also ink a global reseller agreement

Ericsson is disposing of its fibre access assets.
Ericsson is disposing of its fibre access assets.

Calix Inc, a US-based fibre access specialist, has signed an agreement to acquire the fibre access assets of Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson for an undisclosed sum.

The two companies have also signed a global reseller agreement, under which Calix will become Ericsson’s preferred global partner for broadband access applications.

The acquisition is expected to include Ericsson’s EDA 1500 GPON solution and its complementary ONT portfolio. The agreement also calls for Calix to offer employment for up to 61 US-based employees of Ericsson, as well as the transition of ongoing support of the acquired products from Ericsson to Calix.

The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012. The global reseller agreement between will allow Ericsson to sell Calix Unified Access systems and software as its preferred fibre and VDSL2 access solution in 180 countries. The preferred partnership will be effective upon the close of the acquisition and will remain effective for three years.

”This partnership provides Calix, already North America’s fibre access deployment leader, with an extensive new global reseller channel, while our acquisition of Ericsson’s fibre access portfolio delivers powerful new complements to our industry-leading unified access portfolio,” said Carl Russo, president and CEO of Calix.

“This partnership...allows Ericsson to fully leverage its strengths in wireless and end-to-end services while relying on Calix to provide innovation and expertise in fixed-line broadband access.”

Jan Häglund, vice president and head of product area IP and broadband at Ericsson, added: “We believe that this partnership will provide our existing fibre access customers with world-class support and maintenance, and an expanded portfolio of access systems and software from a leading company totally focused on access.”