Mavenir acquires ip.access expanding OpenRAN radio portfolio

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Mavenir, the end-to-end cloud-native Network Software Provider for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) has acquired ip.access, a specialist in 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G-ready small cell solutions.

The acquisition will help to extend Mavenir’s position in OpenRAN radio by adding 2G and 3G capabilities to its OpenRAN portfolio, a full suite of enterprise radio solutions for Mavenir’s Private Network offerings, including OnGo/CBRS certified solutions and will help to leverage software defined vRAN solutions for aviation, maritime, rural and remote networks with next generation solutions.

"Operators are looking to transform their 2G/3G networks as they migrate to 4G and 5G,” explained Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir. “We expect to be able to provide a seamless, multi radio access technology single RAN offering for those operators that allows them to have the benefits of advanced radio solutions across all layers.”

“ip.access brings a strong foothold in 2G, 3G and 4G as well as in the enterprise space that we believe augments Mavenir’s market leadership,” added Aniruddho Basu, SVP and GM Emerging Business, Mavenir. “Combining our assets enhances our end-to-end network proposition, provides a “Multi-G” single RAN evolution path for carriers, and creates a market leading proposition for the private networks enterprise market.”

“Many subscribers in many networks and geographies need GSM and 3G service with LTE even as 5G is introduced. Mavenir’s OpenRAN and Enterprise solutions combined with ip.access’ multi-Radio Access Technologies positions the combined company perfectly for that future,” said Richard Staveley, ip.access CEO.

Nick Johnson, Founder and CTO of ip.access added that CBRS/OnGo in the US and shared spectrum initiatives in Europe were just a few of the potential opportunities. "It’s not just consumer services anymore, but industrial private networks, professional closed group networks for financial, healthcare, leisure and hospitality, among many others. We look forward to applying our long experience in private networks to complement Mavenir’s existing portfolio in serving this hugely expanded customer base.”

According to the announcement, ip.access will operate as a business unit within Mavenir’s Emerging Business group and help Mavenir’s OpenRAN, Cloud Core, Edge, and Analytics suites targeting the CSP and Enterprise/Industry segments.

ip.access currently has over 50 live networks deployed globally with CSPs, as well as hundreds of private networks for industry, critical infrastructures, data monetization, security and surveillance.