Citrix primed for 4G take-off with Bytemobile purchase

He also claimed the merger should put Citrix in an enviable market position once the demand for 4G services takes off within the enterprise market.

"[The demand] for 4G will hit consumers first, but businesses will want to understand how they can get better value out of their investments in mobility," he explained.

"When that happens, we will be in a position to offer a very meaningful solution to the operators."

Saunders said the company is confident that the majority of Bytemobile's staff will stay on at Citrix, once the integration is complete.

"If you look at the acquisitions we have made in the past, we've done a very good job of retaining key talent. We acquired [cloud networking vendor] NetScaler in 2005 and 75 per cent of the engineering talent we gained through that acquisition are still employed by Citrix today," he said.

"The growth we've seen in all our products, particularly mobile, should also allow us to retain and recruit new talent."

The two firms have also been technology partners since the beginning of the year, with Citrix supplying the underlying hardware for Bytemobile's adaptive network traffic T-Series product line.

As a result, Saunders said a lot of the groundwork, from a "technology integration point of view", has already taken place.

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