Cisco Gains More Than 90% of Tandberg Shares

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Cisco has met its requirement of controlling more than 90 percent of telepresence and video conferencing vendor Tandberg's shares and voting rights, paving the way for completion of the acquisition deal.

The Cisco/Tandberg deal will be completed after all, for the raised price of about $3.4 billion.

Cisco announced on Dec. 4 that it now controls 91.1 percent of shares and voting rights of Tandberg, meeting the networking giant’s set requirement of 90 percent of shares it needed to acquire the company.

Cisco’s acquisition means that it has gained access to a much greater portion of the telepresence and video conferencing market. And a deep recession has made it a hot market as more enterprises have shown an interest in deploying video conferencing as an alternative to business travel.

Logitech showed that it recognizes the promise of the video conferencing business, too, when it recently announced it would acquire telepresence and video conferencing upstart, LifeSize.

Polycom remains as a lone independent large video conferencing and telepresence company. Polycom also offers other voice systems. When asked if Polycom is also for sale, executives at the company said they don't comment on such matters.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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