DragonWave has closed on the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks’ microwave transport business. Nokia Siemens Networks retains responsibility for its existing solution sales and associated services for microwave transport, while DragonWave is responsible for the microwave transport product line, including R&D, product management and operations functions. DragonWave is now the preferred strategic supplier of packet microwave and related products to Nokia Siemens Networks and the two companies will jointly coordinate technology development activities. The acquired products from NSN are being rebranded as “Harmony” products. Under the acquisition terms, DragonWave will continue the support and development of these products, which will also be sold via Nokia Siemens Networks under the FlexiPacket brand through its existing channels as part of its end-to-end mobile broadband solution set.
“In closing this acquisition, we’ve established a new level of collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks that positions DragonWave strategically for continued growth,” said DragonWave president and CEO, Peter Allen, in a company release. “The new Harmony line we’re adding to our portfolio is backed by unmatched service and support and further bolsters our ability to participate in the tremendous growth in LTE networks worldwide.”
NSN retained the FlexiPacket brand in the acquisition. “We had to come up with a new branding in order to sell the products directly to our customers,” Alan Solheim, vice president of corporate development, told Backhaul Bulletin. “The Harmony line adds new capabilities, such as a hybrid mode for the short-haul radio and a trunking radio for the long-haul applications that allow us to better address more customer applications. We expect this to have a positive impact on our ability to win new business,” Solheim told the Bulletin regarding the future growth of the product line.
“The addition of these new products to our portfolio will significantly expand our product offering and allow us to provide optimized solutions for any network evolution,” said Greg Friesen, vice president of product management, in a company release. “We remain committed not only to our vision for pure packet networks, but also to enabling a smooth transition from today’s networks to the networks of tomorrow.”