Cisco to acquire ClearAccess

Cisco said it will acquire ClearAccess, which provides provisioning and management software for providers.

Cisco said it will acquire ClearAccess, which provides provisioning and management software for providers.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

ClearAccess provides provisioning software for residential and mobile devices as well as hardware. Cisco said ClearAccess' hardware business dubbed Smart RG Gateways will continue. ClearAccess has a suite of network management tools to monitor and analyse broadband consumption. The company also has tools to manage connected homes. The flagship product from ClearAccess is ClearVision. The company also provides content filtering, managed Wi-Fi and firewall services and time blocking.

The deal bolsters Cisco's service provider business. The networking giant said it will take ClearAccess' management software and augment Cisco Prime, its network management software.

Employees at ClearAccess will merge into Cisco's network management group.

Cisco said the deal will close in the fiscal fourth quarter.

The news comes as questions have been raised over Cisco's intended acquisition of News Corp subsidiary NDS for US$5 billion, following allegations that the company encouraged piracy of its rivals' pay TV smart cards.

In a statement last night, Cisco declined to comment on the accusations.

"We remain separate companies and therefore it would be inappropriate for Cisco to comment," Cisco said.

Josh Taylor contributed to this article

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