As part of its “strategic initiatives to build software platforms, and to drive business and technology architecture,” Cisco plans to buy Wash.-based ClearAccess, a provider of TR-069-based software to service providers for the provisioning and management of residential and mobile devices.

Financial terms were not disclosed but ClearAccess’ software business and talent are part of the deal. When the deal closes sometime during Cisco’s fourth quarter, the ClearAccess team will be integrated into the Cisco Network Management Technology Group.

The hardware portion of ClearAccess’ business, Smart RG Gateways, will be renamed SmartRG Inc. The combined network-management and -software capabilities will help service providers “better deliver, manage and monetize their services, while helping to improve operational efficiencies and customer experiences,” Cisco says.

In addition, ClearAccess’ management and software capabilities reportedly will augment Cisco Prime – Cisco’s network-management-software portfolio – by giving service providers more tools for managing the connected home, including monitoring and managing bandwidth usage, parental controls, diagnostics and analytics.

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