Harris Stratex snaps up WiMAX vendor Telsima for $12M

Harris Stratex Networks has purchased WiMAX vendor Telsima for $12 million in cash as part of its plan to expand into emerging markets and new technologies.

The microwave backhaul company had already formed a partnership with Telsima in September. Telsima has billed itself as an ideal vendor for emerging markets. The vendor's Trufle access service network (ASN) architecture is designed to allow operators to offer WiMAX service for as low as $10 per month. The architecture is built around off-the-shelf switches and routers with no need for a mobile IP stack. The ASN architecture also supports both fixed WiMAX and mobile WiMAX subscribers.

Telsima's equipment has already been deployed by major Indian carriers, including BSNL, Reliance Communications, Tata Communications and Videsh Sanchar Nigam. Telsima is bidding on more of BSNL's mobile WiMAX business. The vendor has won WiMAX deals with Telekom Slovenije in Slovenia and Neotel in South Africa.

"In our close working relationship with Telsima we have been greatly impressed by their technology and expertise," said Harald Braun, president and CEO of Harris Stratex in a press statement. "We believe the combination of those qualities and Harris Stratex in-house innovation will significantly enhance our ability to expand into new and emerging markets."

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