Ericsson to purchase router firm Redback

From Bloomberg News

Ericsson agreed to buy San Jose-based Redback Networks Inc. for $2.1 billion, accelerating competition with Cisco Systems Inc. in the market for Internet routers.

The price of $25 a share represents an 18% premium to Redback's Tuesday closing price of $21.17. Redback will retain its management team and operate as a unit of Stockholm-based Ericsson, which is the world's largest maker of wireless-network equipment.

Ericsson gains a maker of Internet routing equipment that is growing faster than Redback's larger rivals, Cisco and Juniper Networks Inc.

The deal comes less than three weeks after Paris-based Alcatel completed its takeover of Lucent Technologies Inc., creating the biggest maker of telecommunications gear.

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