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Arris adds strong carrier WiFi assets with Ruckus buy

Cable supplier Arris has added Ruckus Wireless to its portfolio, finalizing a deal which began in February in the fall-out from Broadcom’s purchase of Brocade. This is one of a rising number of M&A transactions which reflect the increasing integration of wireless and wireline networks and service providers. Indeed, Arris could benefit by pursuing the convergence strategy which Ruckus kicked off as an independent, and which promised to deliver strong results for Brocade, after it acquired the carrier WiFi specialist. Although that deal showed Brocade expanding from its enterprise networking roots into the wireless operator space, it did not have time to bear fruit since Brocade was itself snapped up by Broadcom, an acquisition which was completed last month. The…

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