Procera Networks has a new CEO – Lyn Cantor – ex president of Tektronix Communications. Cantor left TekComms a year ago and there are similarities between the strategy of both companies with a common end-goal of enabling service providers to gain a true subscriber-centric view of the customer experience.
Tektronix Communications made an early move in the subscriber analytics area through its acquisition of Arantech, but more recently got deeper into the RAN and location analysis via its buy of Newfield Wireless. It bolts these to its core probe products, the hardware and soft Geoprobe family, to build customer analytics and network assurance tools.
Procera takes a different route to the same goal, combining its DPI-based PacketLogic platform with insight and analytics suites. It more recently launched a device-based insight solution called RAN Perspectives, using signalling data from the device add visibility to the consumer experience of the RAN.
Procera, recently taken private by Franciso Partners, turns over around $75 million, with Tektronix Communications the much larger entity at around $450 million. No doubt Francisco Partners will be banking on Cantor’s market knowledge and contacts, as well as his experience of building products into the market.
News of Cantor’s appointment came on the same day as a release announcing SoftBank as a customer for Procera’s PacketLogic solutions, to give it visibility into the subscriber experience. Procera said it has replaced SoftBank’s existing analytics assurance suppliers.
Tektronix Communications is a privately owned company within Danaher Corp’s Communications Group, which was recently acquired by NetScout Systems and includes Arbor Networks, Fluke Networks and VSS Monitoring.