Trapeze Networks, the Pleasanton, CA based WLAN infrastructure vendor and well-known OEM partner of Nortel is currently rumored to be exploring a sale to a larger infrastructure vendor or related technology company. Rumors being what they are, this is completely unconfirmed information but it begs an interesting question. Could Trapeze, as an acquisition, be Nortel’s move into making its own 802.11 gear? Would the acquisition of Trapeze alter its perception as a strategic vendor of WLAN infrastructure in the eyes of IT buyers? How would such a move in the market change your perceptions of the vendor, for better or worse?

At any rate, a company could stand to acquire worse technology, based on Trapeze’s performance in our most recent WLAN Wave report.