Arris International Closes Acquisition Of Ruckus Wireless After A Year Of Uncertainty


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After spending about a year caught up in M&A limbo, Arris International has closed its acquisition of Ruckus Wireless and its ICX switching business from Broadcom.

Ruckus and its 1,700 employees now become Ruckus Networks, an Arris company, and part of a new Arris Enterprise Networks business unit. The unit will be led by Dan Rabinovitsj, who was previously Ruckus COO.

Arris CEO Bruce McClelland, in a video posted this morning, said the Ruckus acquisition allows Arris to "think about building out a new enterprise-based business. There's huge potential to build on the platform that [Ruckus] created, the platform being this strong set of channel partners."

[Related: Ruckus Launches New High-Performance Switches, Seeks To Cool Partner Anxiety As Arris Transaction Approaches]

Ruckus in mid-November launched a new family of scalable edge switches, the ICX 7650, which is aimed at meeting the demands of high-density Wi-Fi in the higher education, public venues and hospitality sectors. Ruckus made sweeping changes to its channel program and appointed a new channel leader, Raelyn Kritzer, in September.

Ruckus was acquired by Brocade in May of last year. The following November, Broadcom announced that it would buy Brocade in a $5.9 billion deal originally scheduled to close before Aug. 1, 2017. As part of the transaction, Ruckus was to be sold by Broadcom to Suwanee, Ga.-based Arris. Those plans were delayed, however, and the Broadcom-Brocade deal didn't close until mid-November.

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