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RuggedCom acquires WiNetworks


October 7, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

October 7, 2009

RuggedCom has purchased WiNetworks Ltd., a player in the development of systems based on WiMAX 802.16e mobile broadband wireless technology. WiNetworks’ technology is used by large private networks and service providers to extend mobile broadband connectivity over metropolitan areas, says RuggedCom. Its WiMAX products will form the new RuggedMAX product line and augment Ruggedcom’s growing RuggedWireless portfolio.

“We created a RuggedWireless division earlier this year in order to
capitalize on a huge market opportunity for wireless technology in our
target markets” explains Marzio Pozzuoli, president and CEO of
Ruggedcom. “WiMAX is the best technology available to extend private IP
networks wirelessly in a standards-based way. The WiNetworks product
line is ideally suited to mate with our industry-leading hardened
networking products and drive automation further into the electric
grid.”

Under the terms of the share purchase agreement, RuggedCom will pay
about $9 million US in cash to acquire all the shares of WiNetworks,
plus assume WiNetworks’ debt of about $5 million US.

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