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Cisco’s $3.4 billion bid to take over Tandberg has moved one step closer to reality, as the networking giant said today that it’s gained control of 91.1 percent of the Norwegian company’s shares. But the deal still needs approval from the U.S. DOJ.

Cisco’s bid to take over Tandberg has moved one step closer to reality, as the networking giant said today that it’s gained control of 91.1 percent of the Norwegian company’s shares. The announcement, which came via a filing with the Oslo stock exchange, follows Cisco’s move last month to up its offer to $3.4 billion from $3 billion after shareholders balked at the initial bid.

Tandberg’s video conferencing equipment is targeted at the middle market, making the company a good fit for Cisco and its high-end Telepresence gear. The deal must still get approval from the U.S. Department of Justice, though, which is reviewing the potential acquisition over concerns about potential competitive effects.

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  1. Chris Parente Friday, December 4, 2009

    Thanks for covering, Colin. Two points. One, TAN telepresence line is actually superior to Cisco’s due to interop ability. And two, big factor for the acquisition is TAN’s leadership position in federal market, easier for Cisco to acquire rather than compete.

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    [...] The company wants to improve its WebEx-based position in the video conferencing market through its acquisition of Tandberg, and is moving aggressively into the corporate email market, among [...]

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