Extreme Completes Zebra Acquisition

WiFi

Extreme Networks has completed its acquisition of Zebra Technology Corporation’s wireless LAN (WLAN) business. The acquisition of the WLAN business strengthens and expands Extreme’s end-to-end, wired and wireless software-driven networking solutions and complements 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 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.