September 17, 2015 — CommScope’s acquisition of the Broadband Network Solutions (BNS) division of TE Connectivity will bring more innovation but not a lot of product line changes in the near term, Jaxon Lang, vice president and general manager of BNS, told the Healthcare Network Summit, held Sept 14-16, in Minneapolis.
“In the near term, nothing changes. The people that you deal with, the brands and products that you buy and the ecosystem of partners – remain completely unchanged. Business as usual,” Lang said.
However, one thing will change. CommScope will transition away from the TE Connectivity brand in the coming months, because the acquisition only included the business division responsible for telecommunications, enterprise and wireless product solutions.
“What will happen to the brands? In the near term, nothing changes, with one exception: the single brand that doesn’t come with the acquisition is TE Connectivity,” Lang said.
The combination of the two companies will include single mode and multimode fiber for inside plant and outside plant, wireless coverage solutions and global scale across 100 countries. Together with BNS, CommScope now has 10,000 patents and will spend $200 million on R&D annually, targeted at faster, less-expensive networks.
“One of the big drivers of the acquisition of the Broadband Network Solutions group by CommScope is the belief that innovation will be stronger and more impactful than it has been,” Lang said.
Lang said that TE Connectivity divested BNS because it had set its sights on being a world leader in sensors and harsh environment systems. “Now we are a part of a company with the same strategic goal that cares about our customers, markets, technologies and products,” he said.
The Healthcare Networks Summit was planned by Broadband Network Solutions when it was a part of TE Connectivity and was held about a week after the transaction was completed. The three-day event was attended by integrators, general contractors, healthcare network directors, IT directors, a wireless service provider and OEMs.