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Belden-Trapeze deal complete

Belden Cable announced this week that its $133 million acquisition of one of the largest privately owned Wireless LAN (WLAN) providers Trapeze Networks is complete.

Published statements from Belden still don’t make clear how, or even if, Trapeze’s 200 partners will be worked into Belden’s much larger channel. In fact, a published quote from Trapeze president Jim Vogt avoids any mention of the company’s channel, but does laud Belden’s sales and marketing organization.

“Our customers can be assured that Trapeze Networks will aggressively continue to deliver the innovative, customer-centered systems and platforms they depend on for constant connectivity and reliable mobility. More than 4,000 organizations around the world have installed Trapeze wireless platforms. We look forward to expanding our customer relationships by working with the worldwide Belden sales and marketing organization,” said Vogt in a statement.

Belden, a supplier of copper and fiber optic cabling and access technology, acquired Trapeze in order to become a unified wired and wireless transmission player. A number of vendors have expanded to offer unified wired and wireless capability inside the network, including Cisco, Siemens and Nortel.

Trapeze is one of a long line of WLAN companies that got snapped up by larger players in the past couple of years. Some of the more notable deals included Cisco’s acquisition of Airewave and Motorola’s of Symbol. Now the race is on among the channels to see who can obtain the quickest market penetration for this relatively young technology.

To learn more about the scuttle in the WLAN market the Trapeze acquisition originally sparked, click here.

A Belden spokesperson said the company will clarify what the acquisition means to the two companies in a more detailed manner shortly.

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