September 10, 2015 — CommScope has purchased Airvana, a privately held 4G LTE and 3G small cell OEM, according to an announcement made on Sept. 8. The acquisition will expand CommScope’s capabilities in providing indoor wireless capacity and coverage, complementing its DAS portfolio.
Matt Melester, senior vice president and general manager, Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions, at CommScope, told the audience at the Tower and Small Cell Summit on Sept. 10 that his company had looked at several small cell concerns before deciding on Airvana.
“We decided on Airvana because of their innovative architecture,” he said. “One of the issues we have seen in small cells is interference due to cell overlap. Airvana, with its OneCell Cloud RAN technology, seems to have a solution for that problem.”
Melester said the timing was right for CommScope to purchase the small cell OEM, because of the increase in wireless activity in the enterprise space.
“We have been offering coverage and capacity solutions for the last 20 years, and we recognize the market has changed in the last four or five years,” he said. “It is now moving into the enterprise space and we thought small cells were a good fit and a good solution for them and it’s complementary to the solutions we were already providing.”
CommScope’s global marketing, distribution and support capabilities will enable Airvana to grow the business for its small cell products, according to Mike McFarland, senior director, product management and marketing, Airvana.
“We are a smaller company so our distribution and support capabilities can be a hang up for some large operators to go with us, even though they love our product, the performance and economic benefits,” he said at the Tower and Small Cell Summit. “With CommScope, we now have access to a huge sales force and channel and field support organization. It is a great combination.”
Melester and McFarland were both participants on the “Innovation in Urban Outdoor and In-building Small Cell and DAS Technologies” session on the first day of the Tower and Small Cell Summit.