Calix to Acquire Fiber Access Assets From Ericsson; Companies Sign Global Reseller Agreement
Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which Calix will acquire Ericsson's fiber access assets. The two companies also announced that they have signed a global reseller agreement, under which Calix will become Ericsson's preferred global partner for broadband access applications.
The acquisition brings together the industry's highest capacity GPON solution, deployed by major service providers worldwide, with North America's leading access portfolio. Ericsson's fiber access assets expected to be included are the Ericsson EDA 1500 GPON solution and its complementary ONT portfolio. The agreement also calls for Calix to offer employment for up to 61 U.S.-based employees of Ericsson, as well as the transition of ongoing support of the acquired products from Ericsson to Calix. The acquisition transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. After close of the transaction, Calix expects operations related to the acquired assets to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share.
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