Polycom to acquire SpectraLink for $220 million
Note: This is an interesting purchase announcement. I think it is safe to say we will be seeing a sweet Polycom WiFi headset being released in the near future to help bolster their SoundPoint IP Phone line.
"Polycom this week announced plans to acquire SpectraLink, a maker of Wi-Fi VoIP handsets, for $220 million. The deal gives Polycom a complete wireless IP phone product set, and also strengthens its ties with such IP PBX system makers as VoIP Avaya, Cisco and Nortel, which resell SpectraLink technology and products as part of their respective wireless VoIP offerings."
SpectraLink makes 802.11-based IP telephone handsets and gateways. SpectraLink also makes devices that prioritize SpectraLink wireless LAN VoIP signals over other 802.11-based traffic, to provide QoS.
The company's handsets are used in deployments with mobile workers, such as hospital, warehouses and public safety organizations. The company also makes dual-mode Wi-Fi/cellular handsets, which can operate on a corporate WLAN and PBX infrastructure, as well as on carrier cell phone networks.
Founded in 1990, Spectralink has 440 employees and is publicly traded. Polycom was founded in 1990 and has 1,200 employees worldwide.