Cisco Closes S-A Deal

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Cisco Systems Inc. closed on its $6.9 billion purchase of Scientific-Atlanta Inc. Monday.

The cable-set-top, headend and transmission-equipment vendor is now part of Cisco’s router- and service-provider-technology group, with S-A chairman Jim McDonald reporting to Mike Volpi, senior vice president of Cisco.

At some point, current S-A “Explorer” set-tops will sport a new phrase: “Scientific-Atlanta, a Cisco Company,” similar to the moniker on Linksys routers.

The companies believe they will be able to provide broadband-service providers with the equipment to offer such converged services as programming a digital-video recorder from a cellular phone and answering video calls on the television set.

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