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Cisco announces intent to acquire SamKnows

I am very excited to announce that SamKnows will be joining Cisco, the world leader in networking. Specifically, we will be joining the Cisco ThousandEyes team, which empowers leading organizations worldwide to see, understand, and improve connected experiences everywhere.

The SamKnows internet performance platform is used by ISPs and Governments to measure and improve connectivity worldwide. By putting software into home routers and mobile devices we collect billions of performance measurements each month, finding faults in near real time, to ensure consumers receive fast and reliable internet connectivity. Over the last 10 years, our team has had an outsized impact on the whole industry. We have helped design the standards used by regulators to create transparent and competitive markets, to the benefit of consumers. At the same time, we have worked with our ISP customers to build tools that monitor their networks, keeping their customers online and well connected.

We believe that in a few years, every internet enabled device will include a measurement agent, collecting data about internet performance. We already have tens of million homes actively testing using our global platform. We expect this number to grow tenfold in the coming years. This month alone we’ve added almost four million homes and with the performance data we collect, we are building a never-before-seen picture of device, application and network performance. But there is still so much more that could be done.

To achieve our goals we are joining Cisco, the world leader in networking

Specifically, we’ll be joining the Cisco ThousandEyes team to integrate our technologies and take ThousandEyes’ view of global internet health to the next level. Cisco ThousandEyes empowers leading organizations worldwide to see, understand, and improve connected experiences everywhere, and joining an organization like Cisco will enable us to scale to reach more devices and assure great digital experiences for any user over any network.  

But it’s not just about the technology fit. Cisco shares our passion for connecting people worldwide. They also share our values and people centric policies, as demonstrated by their first place ranking in the Great Places To Work in the UK awards. Cisco provides a platform for us to continue our mission at a significantly larger scale and faster pace.

I would like to thank the incredible SamKnows team, past and present. And all of our inspirational customers, who push us every day to think bigger and build solutions for problems other companies would think impossible to overcome. Also, our partners who have supported us over the years and continue to do so today. As always, there are too many people to mention, but I would like to say a special thank you to my co-founders, Sam Crawford and Neil Campbell.

We look forward to continuing our work together alongside the incredible Cisco and ThousandEyes team. To find out more about today’s news, please read the blog posts by Jonathan Davidson, EVP and GM, Cisco Networking and Mohit Lad, SVP and GM, Cisco Network Assurance and Co-founder of ThousandEyes.

Alex Salter

CEO, SamKnows