Who Wanted WWP?
That would explain Ciena's apparently over-the-top offer of $305 million for the startup. (See Ciena Takes Out World Wide Packets and Did Ciena Overpay for WWP?)
With ANDA Networks Inc. deciding to try an IPO, and Atrica Inc. claimed by Nokia Networks , Ciena apparently didn't want to lose out on WWP, one of the few metro Ethernet plays left on the market.
So who else bid? The source says: Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), and Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA).
None of the three will comment, naturally, and we stress that this isn't a rumor with good confirmation behind it. It opens some interesting possibilities, though -- especially in the case of Juniper, which is embracing Ethernet more and more lately. (See Juniper Storms Into Ethernet Switching and Juniper Gains Ethernet Mojo.) — Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading