You do not hear all that much out of the companies that make fiber and copper cable for telcos, so we really need to give a shout-out to Belden, the cable manufacturer that has acquired wireless LAN systems vendor Trapeze Networks. The deal follows quite a bit of speculation that Trapeze could be acquired, and Belden has been in the running all along. Still, it is an interesting, aggressive move that you can chalk up to the need for all telecom vendors to present an integrated package wireline and wireless capabilities.
Other WLAN companies, such as Airespace and Chantry Networks, were acquired by major wireline vendors (Cisco Systems and Siemens, respectively), and further consolidation has been expected in the segment for some time.
- read this story at Network World
- and check out the press release