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Alcatel To Buy SONET Maker Astral Point For $136M.

Alcatel [ALA] will acquire privately-held Astral Point Communications, which makes next-generation SONET metro optical systems, for 9 million Alcatel shares, which are worth approximately Euro 153 million ($136.8 million).

The integration of Astral Point will allow Alcatel to increase its addressable SONET metro markets with new products and to leverage Astral Point's technology in developing new capabilities across its existing optical offering.

Astral Point's product offering allows service providers to support their current revenue generating activities, while charting a clear migration path to future multi-service delivery, such as Ethernet and wavelength-based VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). …

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