By J. Sharpe Smith
The HetNet world saw M&A across the board affecting all technologies. In particular, the small cell OEM landscape changed markedly in the last year, with Nokia buying Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. The combined companies hope to better compete with Ericsson. Additionally, CommScope beefed up its small cell capability with the purchase of Airvana.
DAS equipment saw consolidation as well when CommScope purchased TE Connectivity for $3 billion. On the provider side, Digital Bridge give a big shot in the arm to ExteNet with a billion-dollar cash infusion.
Meanwhile, Wi-Fi’s position as the go-to enterprise wireless technology was exemplified by Hewlett Packard’s purchase of Aruba Networks.
Following the money:
Nokia, Alcatel Lucent Form Second largest Wireless OEM
CommScope Picks up Small Cell OEM Airvana
CommScope Acquires TE Connectivity
Digital Bridge, StonePeak Invest $1B in ExteNet
Hewlett Packard Buys Aruba