Extreme completes acquisition of Zebra’s WLAN business

The $55 million deal positions Extreme as a WLAN leader across the hospitality, education, healthcare, manufacturing and state and local government markets

Extreme completes acquisition of Zebra’s WLAN business

Extreme Networks has completed its acquisition of Zebra Technology Corporation’s wireless LAN (WLAN) business for US$55 million. The company said the deal, announced in September 2016, will strengthen and expand Extreme’s end-to-end, wired and wireless software-driven networking solutions and complement its vertical market focus.

“This exciting acquisition solidifies Extreme's position as the third largest provider in our target enterprise campus market and creates numerous growth opportunities for expanded solutions and services offerings for our customers," said Ed Meyercord, president and CEO of Extreme Networks.

“The addition of the WLAN assets increases our total addressable market to $9.4 billion in one of the fastest growing segments of the networking industry and expands our bench with talented key management, experienced wireless industry experts and partners, and a strong base of blue-chip customers.”

Zebra gained the WLAN technology when it acquired the Enterprise Business of Motorola Solutions in 2014. The acquisition now brings customers, personnel and technology assets from Zebra, positioning Extreme as a leader across the hospitality, education, healthcare, manufacturing and state and local government markets.

With the addition of industry thought leaders, WiNG Wi-Fi technology, leading wireless security software, a next generation guest platform, a new managed services capability, and a strong customer base, Extreme extends into new verticals such as retail, transportation and logistics, and broader hospitality, creating additional opportunities for growth.

“Zebra Technologies’ wireless LAN business is a strategic fit for Extreme Networks that strengthens Extreme’s position in the enterprise campus market,” said Nolan Greene, senior research analyst, IDC.

“The acquired technology complements Extreme’s existing portfolio of software-driven networking solutions and provides new opportunities for its entire ecosystem of partners, distributors, customers and employees. The enterprise WLAN market is one of the fastest growing networking segments globally and Extreme is solidifying its role as a major player in the marketplace through this deal.”

As previously announced, Extreme expects the transaction to be accretive to cash flow and earnings for its fiscal year 2017 and expects to generate over $115 million in annualised revenue from the acquired WLAN assets.

See also: Extreme Networks to acquire Zebra Technologies’ wireless LAN business

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