Tektronix To Acquire Arbor Networks

Tektronix Communications, a provider of communications monitoring and test equipment, plans to acquire privately held Arbor Networks, which sells network security and deep-packet-inspection equipment to cable operators and telecommunications providers worldwide.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The companies expect the deal to close in September.

Arbor's investors include Comcast Interactive Capital, Cisco Systems, Battery Ventures, SAIC and Thomas Weisel Partners.

Arbor claims its solutions are deployed by more than 70% of the world's Internet service providers. Its more than 300 customers include Verizon Business, British Telecom, NTT Com, China Telecom and Yahoo.

Arbor Networks, based in Chelmsford, Mass., has 275 employees worldwide. There will be no layoffs as a result of the deal, according to Arbor spokesman Kevin Whalen.

Arbor's products include Peakflow, designed to prevent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and the eSeries platforms for broadband service optimization. "Arbor further strengthens Tektronix Communications with the ability to offer their customers best-in-class network IP software security and management solutions, along with differentiated, revenue-generating managed security services," Arbor Networks CEO Colin Doherty said in a statement.

In another recent acquisition, Tektronix in May announced it had closed a deal to buy Mixed Signals, which provides video-monitoring solutions to major cable providers. http://www.multichannel.com/article/452764-Tektronix_Buys_Video_Monitori...

Arbor, founded in August 2000, acquired Ellacoya Networks, a competitor in the DPI segment, in February 2008.