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5 Big Things To Know About Comcast’s Masergy Acquisition

Gina Narcisi

In a blockbuster deal announced Wednesday, telecom giant Comcast acquired hybrid networking player Masergy. Here’s what partners need to know about how the deal.

Telecom Shakeup  

Comcast Business on Wednesday revealed plans to scoop up Masergy Communications, a channel-first hybrid networking and SDN specialist. The deal will give the cable giant more software-defined networking muscle at a time where SD-WAN and cloud-based everything are in high demand.

The acquisition will also help Comcast build up its cloud-based security and UCaaS repertoire as its folds in Masergy’s impressive product portfolio. But while the deal, if approved, would be a massive win for Philadelphia-based Comcast, it could be a loss for partners if Masergy’s channel-friendly nature falls by the wayside. The company this summer discussed how it upped its channel focus over the last year, even describing the move as “throwing gas” on the channel.

Here are five things that we know about Comcast’s planned acquisition of Masergy and what channel partners should know.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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