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Siemens Eyes Cisco Router

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Siemens Information and Communications Networks Inc. are believed to be working together on the development of a GPRS Gateway Service Node (GGSN) product, despite the German vendor’s existing relationship with Cisco chief rival Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR).

“Cisco is building a new range of GGSNs for Siemens,” a source tells Unstrung. “I have heard they are changing their GGSN supplier from Juniper to Cisco.”

Such a deal would certainly shake up the market, in light of Siemens’s ties with Juniper. Siemens has a 10 percent stake in the U.S. vendor following Juniper’s acquisition of Unisphere Networks, and both companies have been working together to jointly develop a GGSN (see Juniper Nabs Unisphere for $740M and Juniper's Bizarre Love Triangle).

Juniper was unavailable for comment.

Plenty of others have commented, though. Get the full story on Unstrung.

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

optical_man 12/4/2012 | 11:21:08 PM
re: Siemens Eyes Cisco Router GGSN vs. PDSN.
Someone please clarify what the difference is?
Thanks
xaff 12/4/2012 | 11:21:08 PM
re: Siemens Eyes Cisco Router Didn't Ericcson own the Juniper GGSN??? or maybe Siemens likes to follow Lucents lead??
fgoldstein 12/4/2012 | 11:21:07 PM
re: Siemens Eyes Cisco Router > GGSN vs. PDSN. Someone please clarify what the difference is?

Sure. If the network is GSM/GPRS, then the box is called a GGSN. If the network is CDMA, then it's called a PDSN. Different committees, different names, same box.
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