Dell to sell 5G division to VMware as it seeks to go public

JENNIFER ELIAS | August 12, 2018

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VMware Inc. is bulking up its communications cloud platform with the acquisition — announced Aug. 9 — of the technology and team behind Dell EMC's Service Assurance Suite.VMware, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., said the deal reinforces the "better together" collaboration between the two companies. Financials terms for the deal weren't disclosed.The sale by Dell Technologies Inc., based in Round Rock, comes as it prepares to return to the public markets. Dell owns 82 percent of publicly traded VMware (NYSE: VMW).VMware's Network Functions Virtualization platform, commonly known as NFV, is used for communications service providers. It is led by Executive Vice President Shekar Ayyar and is predominately based in Palo Alto. The company didn’t immediately respond to questions about where Dell's Service Assurance Suite team is located. As carriers are readying for 5G, they are increasingly virtualizing edge and core networks with network functions virtualization,” Ayyar wrote in a Thursday blog post. “The Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite team is primed to accelerate our NFV business.

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