Cisco has announced its intent to acquire privately held ClearAccess, a Vancouver based company that provides TR-069-based software to service providers for the provisioning and management of residential and mobile devices. This acquisition includes ClearAccess’ software business and talent. The hardware portion of ClearAccess’ business, Smart RG Gateways, will continue forward as SmartRG. Cisco and ClearAccess’ combined network management and software capabilities will enable service providers to better deliver, manage and monetize their services, while helping to improve operational efficiencies and customer experiences.
Service providers are faced with growing network complexity, exploding video and data traffic, and an increasing number of devices connected to their networks. With the proliferation of these devices, service providers are looking for ways to immediately lower operating expense while delivering and enabling new services. ClearAccess’ management and software capabilities will augment Cisco Prime—Cisco’s network management software portfolio—by offering service providers a set of powerful tools for managing the connected home, including monitoring and managing bandwidth usage, parental controls, diagnostics and analytics.