Newbridge Networks and its acquisition UB Networks will be fully united under the parent company?s name by 1 May, providing what they claim will be the UK?s first real alternative to Cisco.
But there will be no big bang day to mark the consolidation of channels and accreditation programmes, said Mark Powell, UB European marketing director.
?We are not just going to make arbitrary decisions ? you have to bear in mind the relationships that have been built up over the years.?
He said the merger meant the two firms could provide an end-to-end networking solution, putting dealers in a much stronger strategic postion as they will be able to buy the whole range from one source. ?Cisco had monopolised the market. With our combined lines we can give a competitively priced solution.?
While the January buyout led to four UB Networks sales staff losing their jobs at the UK?s Maidenhead base, as much as 25 per cent of the workforce in the US were made redundant last month.
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