Zyxel Communications strengthens its appeal to European service providers with acquisition of Sphairon Technologies

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07 May 2013 — Zyxel Communications, a leading supplier of networking and communications solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Sphairon Technologies, one of Europe’s leading specialist developers and manufacturers of customer-premises equipment (CPE) and Enterprise solutions.

Sphairon has produced solutions for many leading service providers in Germany and internationally. Customers of the company include Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica, NetCologne and Versatel. With its own integrated research and development capability, Sphairon is able to design solutions to meet the exact need of customers.

The company formally entered Debtor-in-Possession status – an official form of insolvency protection in Germany – in March 2013, with a view to restructuring its finances and potentially seeking an acquirer. Zyxel has now agreed to purchase the assets of Sphairon’s research and development and operations facility, located in Bautzen, in the Dresden area. Terms of the agreement are not being made public.

The company will now be formally known as Sphairon GmbH (a Zyxel Company) and will continue to service the needs of its customers with the full support and backing of Zyxel. The Sphairon operation will subsequently play a key role in helping Zyxel Communications to understand and to meet the specific needs of service providers in Germany, Austria and other European markets.

Karsten Gewecke, Vice President of Service Provider/Key Account Sales Europe for Zyxel Communications Europe, stated: "Sphairon has an established pedigree and strong reputation for excellence in product design, innovation and quality manufacturing. This acquisition gives Zyxel an even stronger presence in the European CPE and SMB market. It will enable us to get a deeper understanding of local customer needs, accelerate product development and time to market, and enhance our ability to meet the needs of service providers throughout Europe and beyond."

About Zyxel Communications

Zyxel Communications delivers technological innovations and has connected the world to the Internet for more than 30 years. Whether it’s a matter of establishing access through fixed or mobile broadband solutions, at Zyxel we offer a comprehensive and flexible portfolio of products that’s right for worldwide leading Service Providers and their subscribers.

Zyxel is a global force in the communications market with an unrivalled international presence that includes:

  • 150 markets served
  • Strong local presence throughout five continents
  • 1,000,000 businesses and homes working smarter with Zyxel solutions 100 million devices creating global connections