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Ixia Completes Acquisition of Catapult Communications

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June 24, 2009

Ixia Completes Acquisition of Catapult Communications

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Ixia, a global provider of converged IP performance test systems, has completed acquisition of Catapult Communications Corporation for approximately $105 million, or $63 million net of Catapult’s cash and investments.

The acquisition was conducted by means of a tender offer for all of the outstanding common shares of Catapult, and was completed by a merger that was effected Tuesday June 23.
“It’s essential that next-generation converged networks be tested from the edge through to the core in order to deliver excellent quality of experience to millions of subscribers,” said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Ixia (News - Alert).
Bhatnagar said that with the addition of the Catapult line, Ixia will be able to help service providers create long-lasting customer loyalty and revenue acceleration in an unprecedented way.
Ixia officials said that with the additional wireless solutions from the Catapult acquisition, the company would be able to expand its suite of test platforms that enable service providers to accelerate deployment of wireless services based on converged networks that support increasingly powerful, engaging, and complex multimedia applications.
Ixia with this acquisition has also become a single source solution for testing converged multi-play IP services over wireless and wireline networks to telecom equipment manufacturers and global service providers.
Catapult’s 3G and 4G wireless networking test solutions provide solutions for testing the next generation network infrastructure and applications. These solutions complement Ixia’s existing line of IP performance test systems and post-deployment service verification platforms.
Ixia is a provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services.
Ixia’s test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications.
Ixia’s multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.
Back in May Ixia had announced a major step forward in IP testing with its Acceleron-NP load module.
Ixia’s claims that its patent-pending NP technology provides an unmatched level of layer seven test emulation. The scale and power available with the Acceleron- NP technology allows network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to completely test their products with next generation capacity and functionality.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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