HP has announced plans to buy Colubris Networks, furthering the consolidation of wireless networking companies.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but HP said the deal should close by the end of fiscal 2008, which occurs in October.

Colubris, founded in 2000 and based in Massachusetts, sells wireless access infrastructure products based around the 802.11n wireless standard, which can match or beat the speeds of a plugged-in broadband connection.

But the upgrade to 802.11n poses many issues for it to work efficiently. Colubris has centred many of its products on the predicted upgrade of those networks over the next few years. Colubris also sells wireless security and network management products.

HP said products from Colubris will be incorporated into its ProCurve Networking portfolio, which will improve HP's ability to serve the healthcare, transportation, manufacturing and education markets, among others.