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Networking firms fuel an industry gold rush

Cash is flying fast and furious in the optical networking sector, as shown by recent deals. But how long can firms demand such high prices?

 

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Cash is flying fast and furious in the optical networking sector, as shown by recent deals between Redback and Siara. But how long can firms demand such high prices?

"These new companies are definitely breaking the mold"

- Roland Van der Meer, partner with venture firm ComVentures

 


Do pricey network deals make sense?
The gold rush is on in the networking business, and companies in the optical equipment trade, in particular, appear to be at the right place at the right time.

Previous coverage
Cisco to keep buying, despite rising prices
The networking equipment leader plans to buy 20 to 25 firms over the next year, but is wary of the rising valuations of networking start-ups.

Redback to buy Siara Systems for $4.3 billion
update With its acquisition, Redback Networks hopes to leverage Siara's developing optical networking equipment and software to provide more network services.

Cisco buys Cerent, Monterey Networks
update With the acquisitions, Cisco is gearing up to battle Lucent Technologies, Alcatel, and Nortel Networks in a market that is expected to grow to $10 billion in 2002, according to analysts.