CommScope completes acquisition of Airvana
NEW YORK — September 30, 2015 – CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global provider of connectivity and essential infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has completed the acquisition of Airvana LP, a portfolio company of Siris Capital Group, LLC, specializing in small cell solutions for wireless networks.
Airvana provides award-winning 4G LTE and 3G small cell solutions that enable people to access communications, information and entertainment in the most challenging and high-value environments—offices, public venues and homes. Since its founding in 2000, Airvana has played a key role in enabling the use of mobile devices for data access. Airvana began small cell development to complement its macro cell mobile broadband infrastructure products and today focuses exclusively on small cells. Airvana has shipped 1.5 million small cells and supports one of the largest small cell networks in the world.
This acquisition by CommScope’s will expand its leadership and capabilities in providing indoor wireless capacity and coverage, an increasingly important market opportunity that is growing due to consumers’ and businesses’ insatiable demand for wireless data. The combination of Airvana’s innovative small cell offerings and CommScope’s industry-leading distributed antenna systems (DAS) portfolio will enable CommScope to provide a broader range of solutions, addressing single-operator, single-band, low capacity environments all the way through multi-carrier, multi-technology, multi-band, high capacity environments.
The transaction was structured as an asset sale and financial terms were not disclosed.
CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks. Our vast portfolio of network infrastructure includes some of the world’s most robust and innovative wireless and fiber optic solutions. Our talented and experienced global team is driven to help customers increase bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and availability; increase energy efficiency; and simplify technology migration. You will find our solutions in the largest buildings, venues and outdoor spaces; in data centers and buildings of all shapes, sizes and complexity; at wireless cell sites; in telecom central offices and cable headends; in FTTx deployments; and in airports, trains, and tunnels. Vital networks around the world run on CommScope solutions.
Airvana enables mobile operators to deliver dramatically better service to subscribers in the most challenging and high-value environments: offices, public venues, and in the home. The company’s award-winning 4G LTE and 3G small cell solutions ensure “five bar” voice coverage, superior data performance, and expanded capacity for wireless services. Independent research firms consistently rank Airvana among the small cell market share leaders. Headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., USA, Airvana is a founding member of the Small Cell Forum and has 15 years of experience providing commercial wireless equipment to over 90 operators globally.
About Siris Capital Group
Siris Capital is a leading private equity firm focused on making control investments in data, telecommunications, technology and technology-enabled business service companies in North America. Integral to Siris’ investment approach is its partnership with exceptional senior operating executives, or Executive Partners, who work exclusively with Siris to identify, validate and operate investment opportunities. Their significant involvement allows Siris to partner with management to add value both operationally and strategically.