Nokia and Vecima Networks today announced plans for Vecima to acquire key, next generation technology and products from Nokia for cable service providers. Under the agreement, Nokia’s Gainspeed portfolio along with all supporting technology and assets will transition to Vecima Networks. The planned deal is expected to close quickly subject to customary closing conditions. Financial details are not being disclosed.
Vecima is a specialist in developing integrated hardware and scalable software platforms for broadband access, content delivery and telematics. Nokia’s Gainspeed cable access portfolio is well-aligned with Vecima’s Entra family, both of which address the migration to cable’s 10G platform, including DAA (Distributed Access Architecture) and 10G-EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) systems.
The Nokia Unified Cable Access solution, featuring the Gainspeed portfolio of products, includes a centrally controlled DAA platform with unified support for Flexible MAC DAA nodes for Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial (HFC) networks and DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) nodes for fiber-to-the-home and business applications. The portfolio also includes a DAA video engine and a chassis based EPON/DPoE solution for non-HFC network implementations.
“Our cable access solutions have played a very important role in helping to redefine next-generation cable solutions and our customers' strategies for addressing evolving network demands using distributed architectures,” commented Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia.
Motley continued, “However, the industry continues to go through significant shifts, and we believe the timing is right to transition our cable access business to Vecima Networks. Vecima has the focus, resources and complementary product portfolio needed to support these changes and help operators move toward a distributed access architecture.”
Employees who currently support the Nokia DOCSIS DAA and EPON/DPoE portfolios are expected to transition to Vecima. Nokia will retain cable-related products and solutions not listed above. The companies say they intend to maintain an ongoing business relationship, including resell agreements for key, enabling technologies, to address unified cable access opportunities.
“Nokia’s portfolio to be acquired aligns perfectly with Vecima Networks’ strategy to provide open, independent, and future-proof cable access solutions that support a multi-vendor ecosystem,” commented Sumit Kumar, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vecima Networks.
Kumar concluded, “The addition of these products and world-class talent broadens our DAA platform and adds 10G-EPON products to our portfolio. In addition to expanding the products and services we are providing to existing customers, we look forward to partnering with service providers around the globe we don’t currently do business with.”