Ericsson Gains U.S. Cable Presence With Closing Of BelAir Buy

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Ericsson has it closed its purchase of BelAir Networks, expanding the network equipment manufacturer's wireless portfolio and giving it a foothold in the U.S. cable market.

BelAir was a pioneer in developing wireless solutions for cable last-mile connections and has contracts to supply WiFi access points and management systems for Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T, among others.

In addition to enabling MSO and wireless operator “Hot Zones” -- large scale metro and regional WiFi clouds--BelAir's solutions are increasingly being deployed to enable cellular offload, moving wireless data traffic off of cellular networks and onto terrestrial broadband facilities via WiFi.

Ericsson stated that it will integrate BelAir's solutions into its “heterogeneous network” offering, which allows wireless operators to deploy multiple wireless technologies to optimize network capacity. Ericsson's “hetnet” portfolio now includes 3G and 4G macro base stations, micro- and picocells, and WiFi access and cellular offload solutions.

BelAir's 120 employees and other assets will be added to Ericsson's Networks Division. The terms of the purchase of privately-held BelAir were not disclosed.

The company's backers included Comcast Interactive Capital, T-Mobile Venture Fund and venture capital firms including Trilogy Equity Partners.


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