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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rohde & Schwarz sniff protocols with security software acquisition

Adds software to monitor VOIP and P2P packets
By Nick Flaherty

With the acquisition of ipoque, a startup in Leipzig specialising in Internet traffic management and network analysis, German radio test equipment maker Rohde & Schwarz is entering an entirely new market segment in the field of security.
Ipoque was founded in 2005 and focuses on bandwidth management and network monitoring, especially for critical and hard-to-detect protocols. This includes voice over IP (VoIP), peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and media streaming. Together with ipoque, Rohde & Schwarz will expand its radiomonitoring and radiolocation business: The company primarily develops products and systems for frequency management as well as for internal and external security.
"For a long time now, we have been planning to enter the Internet traffic management market," said Peter Riedel, Head of the Radiomonitoring and Radiolocation Division and member of Corporate Management at Rohde & Schwarz. "We expect to gain an enormous potential for growth from this new segment. In acquiring ipoque, we have found a partner whose innovative and globally leading core technology – deep packet inspection (DPI) – blends in excellently with the portfolio of a high-tech company such as Rohde & Schwarz."
Hendrik Schulze, co-founder and CTO of ipoque GmbH, also sees great potential in the collaboration with Rohde & Schwarz: "Backed by a renowned, solid partner, we will be able to tap new markets and customer groups. In addition, of course, we will profit from the worldwide Rohde & Schwarz sales network."
Like other fully owned Rohde & Schwarz subsidiaries, ipoque will operate under the name "ipoque – a Rohde & Schwarz company". By acquiring ipoque, Rohde & Schwarz has tapped into a new business segment, which it plans to expand at a rapid pace. For this reason, the number of staff at the location in Leipzig, currently 72 employees, will be considerably increased said Riedel.
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