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HP To Acquire Scope Communications, Inc.; Acquisition Extends HP Reach Into Low-Cost, Handheld Communications Test Market.

PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
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, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 19, 1998-- Hewlett-Packard Company (HWP HWP Height (and) Weight Proportionate
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) today announces the signing of an agreement to acquire Scope Communications, Inc., a privately held developer of handheld network-test equipment, located in Marlborough, Mass. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Following the closing of the acquisition, expected later this month, HP expects to integrate Scope Communications, Inc. and its employees into the Service Test Division, Westford, Mass., a new HP unit, created to develop low-cost, small-format test tools for the communications market.

"We believe that there is an excellent fit between Scope Communications' product platforms and staff expertise and our division's mission to provide customers with a complete range of low-cost, handheld test and measurement tools for emerging network technology," said Edward Richards Sir Edward Trenton Richards (born 1908, died 1991) was the first African-Bermudian to head the government of Bermuda and the first Premier of Bermuda. He was the leader of the United Bermuda Party (UBP) between 1971 and 1973. , general manager for HP's Service Test Division. "Scope Communications' products have an excellent reputation, and the company has strong customer relationships. Our combined resources will allow us to bring new handheld deployment products to market quickly and broaden HP's handheld offerings and distribution. The geographic proximity of our two companies is an added benefit."

"Scope Communications' handheld cable testers A cable tester is an electronic device used to verify the electrical connections in a cable or other wired assembly. Generally a cable tester consists of:
  1. A source of electrical current,
  2. A volt meter,
 add an important physical element to HP's existing solutions for LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used.  testing," said Peter Williams Peter Williams can mean:
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, president of Scope Communications, Inc. "HP's worldwide presence will allow us to bring these and future products to a global customer base. Both companies have strong reputations for new-product innovation that will serve our combined customers well going forward."

Scope Communications, Inc., founded in 1993, has 50 employees and specializes in equipment used by installers and corporate network support staff to perform high-frequency physical testing of twisted-pair and fiber-cable plant. This equipment enables users to verify that cabling conforms to standards and can support high-speed network technologies such as ATM and Gigabit Ethernet An Ethernet standard that transmits at 1 Gbps. Used mostly to connect high-end workstations and servers as well as for network backbones, Gigabit Ethernet transmits full duplex from point to point using switches and half duplex in a shared environment (CSMA/CD) using a hub. . Current product lines include the WireScope family of cable analyzers, Fiber SmartProbe testers and the FrameScope analyzer.

Scope Communications, Inc. products are currently sold through a worldwide reseller An organization that sells hardware and software to the general public. Resellers purchase products from software publishers and hardware manufacturers.  network, and more than one-third of the company's current sales is derived outside the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . The company recently was named to Inc. Magazine's 1998 listing of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 127,200 employees and had revenue of $42.9 billion in its 1997 fiscal year.

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Date:Oct 19, 1998
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