Juniper swallows Unisphere

It's appears too early to tell what the impact in the Asia-Pacific region will be of Juniper Networks' purchase of Unisphere Networks.

It’s appears too early to tell what the impact in the Asia-Pacific region will be of Juniper Networks’ purchase of Unisphere Networks.

The merger involves Juniper, which competes with Cisco in the router market, buying Unisphere from its parent, Siemens. In return Siemens will own 10% of Juniper and Juniper products will be sold via Siemens’ global sales channels. Ericsson, a key Juniper channel partner and Unisphere reseller, is also likely to benefit from the deal.

The company won't know for a while what will happen to staff in the region, given that the deal was only announced in the US last week. “The merger wasn’t done with the idea of cost savings through staff reductions in mind,” says Unisphere Asia-Pacific managing director Phillip Stevens.

Unisphere’s Asia-Pacific strategic business development director, New Zealander Andy Miller, says TelstraClear is Unisphere’s only customer in New Zealand and notes that “there are only three or four telcos in New Zealand that would be our target audience”. Telecom isn’t a customer.

TelstaClear infrastructure delivery manager Bill Clince says he doesn't see any effect on TelstraClear of the acquistion.

"It's the features and functionality of equipment that's important to us, not where it comes from, and we're happy with the Unisphere gear."

The Massachusetts-based Unisphere was born in 1999 after Siemens acquired several US networking equipment start-ups. Unisphere has concentrated on equipment for the network edge -- the connection point between a network operator and customer -- while Juniper has mainly made routers and other equipment for the network core.

In Germany, Siemens’ networking division last year posted a loss of 860 million Euros and has announced 16,500 job cuts by 2003.

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