Cabletron to ditch digital networks

After splitting its business into four divisions, networking giant Cabletron announced last week the creation and immediate sale of its fifth operating arm, the Digital Network Products Group.

According to local marketing manager Sebastian Rice, Cabletron's sales and distribution arm, Enterasys, will continue to sell Cabletron's Digital Network Products Group (DNPG) products, but customer responsibilities regarding further research and product development of DNPG products, as well as customer support, will be passed onto a purchasing company.

Enterasys is one of the four operating divisions resulting from the Cabletron division earlier this year. In Australia, all four divisions share the same office and operate under a single Cabletron "presence", Rice said.

He said Cabletron was currently in discussion with a number of companies regarding the sale of the DNPG. However, details, such as which companies are vying for the purchase of the DNPG and the monetary value of the sale, will not be known for up to 90 days.

Rice said the purpose of the DNPG spin-off was to narrow and heighten the focus of the division's research and development and customer support. In particular, Cabletron had elected to sell off the DNPG because it was not expecting "high growth", he said.

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