Cisco Systems is to buy privately held P-Cube of Sunnyvale, CA, for $200 million in cash and options.
P-Cube is a leading developer of IP service control platforms, which can help service providers identify subscribers, classify applications, improve service performance and charge for multiple IP services without costly infrastructure upgrades.
With this acquisition, Cisco will offer service providers additional capabilities to control and manage advanced IP services such as Voice-over-IP, interactive gaming, Video-on-Demand, and Peer-to-Peer, as well as create other differentiated offerings.
The acquisition of P-Cube is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2005.
In connection with the acquisition, Cisco expects to record a one time charge for purchased in-process research and development expenses not to exceed $0.01 per share.
Today, millions of subscribers connect to an array of data services through a wide spectrum of access methods including wired and wireless. Service providers are demanding greater flexibility in their network infrastructure, which can only be accommodated by adding service intelligence.
P-Cube’s Service Control solutions add additional intelligence and application-level control on to existing IP transport networks – enabling service providers to analyze, control and meter application and content-based services.
P-Cube’s technology offers a stateful deep packet inspection capability that provides application-awareness while quality of service is maintained through real-time application control.
The programmable nature of the platform further ensures that operators can extend their infrastructure to support new requirements and customer demands as they evolve.
Upon close of the acquisition, the P-Cube team will report to Pankaj Patel, vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Broadband Edge and Midrange Routing Business Unit.
P-Cube was founded in 1999 and has 118 employees.