CommScope to Acquire Leading Small Cell Provider Airvana

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Acquisition Will Extend CommScope’s Wireless Capabilities and Innovation


September 8, 2015, HICKORY, NC - CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), a global provider of connectivity and essential infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has agreed to acquire Airvana LP, a privately-held leader in small cell solutions for wireless networks. 

 As the wireless industry evolves toward Cloud RAN, we believe that CommScope’s ION-E® solution and Airvana’s OneCell™ Cloud RAN small cell system together will comprise a full range of highly flexible, cost-effective solutions that address all the indoor wireless challenges customers face. 

Morgan Kurk, senior vice president and Wireless segment leader, CommScope.

Airvana, headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, provides award-winning 4G LTE and 3G small cell solutions that enable people to access communications, information and entertainment in the most challenging and high-value environments—offices, public venues and homes. Since its founding in 2000, Airvana has played a key role in enabling the use of mobile devices for data access. Airvana began small cell development to complement its macro cell mobile broadband infrastructure products and today focuses exclusively on small cells. Airvana has shipped 1.5 million small cells and supports one of the largest small cell networks in the world. 


This acquisition will expand CommScope’s leadership and capabilities in providing indoor wireless capacity and coverage, an increasingly important market opportunity that is growing due to consumers’ and businesses’ insatiable demand for wireless data. The combination of Airvana’s innovative small cell offerings and CommScope’s industry-leading distributed antenna systems (DAS) portfolio will enable CommScope to provide a broader range of solutions, addressing single-operator, single-band, low capacity environments all the way through multi-carrier, multi-technology, multi-band, high capacity environments.


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