Juniper buys Kagoor, Gets VoIP Serious

Juniper Networks is finally getting is VoIP groove on, and is buying San Mateo based Kagoor Networks for $67.5 million in cash, plus options and certain other incentives and equity compensation. Juniper Networks will combine its technology with Kagoor’s session border control (SBC) technology, and the two companies are going to target the large carriers who are now deploying VoIP networks. The deal makes a lot of sense for Juniper Networks, since it is trying to push its infranet – mostly about secure and scalable networks that use the internet protocol – and needed a VoIP play. Kagoor’s investors might have come out slightly ahead. The company had raised about $40 million so it is still a small premium to that. One of the early investors I am told is none other than Mr. VoIP, Jeff Pulver. On a corporate level, Juniper Networks and Kagoor have similiar partners. They both work with folks like Siemens, Lucent, Fujitsu and this could only enhance their business opportunities. I wonder what it means for other session border control companies?