Continuing its drive to make VoIP (voice over IP) telephone calls commonplace, Cisco Systems yesterday said it plans to buy privately held VoIP player Komodo Technology for $US175 million.
Komodo, based in Los Gatos, California, makes VoIP devices that allow analog telephones to be used to place calls over IP-based networks, San Jose, California-based Cisco said. The gear will be used to let service providers offer integrated data, voice, and video services over an internet-based network.
By supporting customers with analog phones, Komodo's products help service providers offer a transition path from circuit-switched networks to packet-based networks, Cisco said. An analog phone can be connected directly to Komodo's product, which connects via an internal modem to a telephone line or via an Ethernet jack to a DSL, cable, or wireless access device, according to Cisco.
In a separate agreement, Lucent Technologies announced plans to buy IP services equipment vendor Spring Tide Networks for an estimated $US1.3 billion.