Turin Networks to merge with Force 10

Carrier Ethernet vendor Turin Networks, one of the vendors chasing the mobile backhaul market, is set to merge with Gigabit Ethernet enterprise vendor Force 10 Networks. Some observers are calling the deal a defensive move in preparation for what is expected to be a year of lighter carrier spending and technology spending in general, though the combination of Turin's mobile backhaul focus and Force 10's data center focus would have the combined company pursuing two of the hottest spending sectors in the otherwise difficult market environment. Turin bulked up its backhaul assets when it acquired Carrier Access Corp. in Dec. 2007.

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