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Alcatel, Nortel Ink Wireless OEM, Development Deals

As Cisco Systems closed its acquisition of wireless switch vendor Airespace last week, networking heavyweights Alcatel and Nortel Networks were lining up new vendor partners.

Alcatel last week struck an OEM and development partnership with Aruba Wireless Networks, while Nortel unveiled a similar arrangement with Trapeze Networks.

The Aruba-Alcatel partnership effectively ends a wireless partnership between Airespace and Alcatel. Cisco's acquisition of Airespace also was the lynchpin of Nortel's Trapeze act. Nortel will continue to support its Airespace-sourced products, but the vendor's focus will be on its Trapeze arrangement going forward.

The Aruba deal will allow Paris-based Alcatel to rebrand and resell Aruba's entire product line, said David Butler, vice president of business development at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Aruba.

The two companies also will engage in cross-licensing of one another's technology and joint development of new wireless technologies.

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