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Cisco acquires IPmobile for $US425 million

Networking titan Cisco Systems will acquire wireless systems software company IPmobile for $US425 million in stock, the companies announced last week.

Privately held IPmobile will increase Cisco's tally to 16 networking companies bought this year alone, continuing a brisk pace of acquisitions. Cisco's purchase points toward expansion of its wireless networking efforts, complementing the acquisition of wireless LAN vendor Aironet Wireless Communications for $US799 million last November and of wireless telephony company JetCell in March for $200 million.

IPmobile develops IP radio access networks (IP-RAN) that connect wireless transmission base stations to the Internet. RANs manage and control the radio networks between the user devices like Internet-capable mobile phones and the base stations, and provide access to data and voice services. IPmobile works with third-generation wireless technology.

Jetstream drops VoIP bombshell

Jetstream Communications last week announced it holds a very broad patent on the concept of transporting voice and data over local packet networks, including voice-over DSL. Jetstream is one of three major vendors specialising in voice-over-DSL technology along with CopperCom and Tollbridge Technologies. Jetstream says it plans to demand licence fees from companies it feels are using the patented technology, but the company says it will charge commercially reasonable prices, according to Steve Gleave, Jetstream's vice president of marketing. "This isn't an announcement that says, ‘Hey, crikey, we've taken over,'" Gleave says. "We think it identifies us as a pioneer in voice-over broadband." CopperCom says it was well underway developing its voice-over-DSL system many months before Jetstream filed for its patent in July 1998.

Big Blue, Akamai expand relationship

IBM and Akamai Technologies are working to bring together a mixed software service to let users speed up Web content delivery.

Big Blue announced it would make it easier for enterprises and service providers to implement Akamai's FreeFlow high-speed Web content delivery service. Previously, it took time and money to customise a user's WebSphere server software to link to FreeFlow. Now users need only download the Akamai hooks for free off the Web.

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