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Corning buys Spidercloud as small cells become part of wider landscape

As the small cell market matures, there is the inevitable reshaping of the landscape. Spidercloud, the enterprise RAN provider, has been acquired by Corning, in the latest transaction uniting a DAS (Distributed Antenna System) provider with a small cell specialist. Spidercloud will become part of Corning’s Optical Communications segment, which generated $3bn in sales in 2016. Corning hopes to grow that business to $5bn in sales by 2020. “Wireless connectivity has become more a necessity than an amenity, and mobile operators and enterprise customers are seeking cost-effective solutions to enhance service for their users inside buildings,” said Clark Kinlin, EVP of Corning Optical Communications. “With the acquisition of SpiderCloud Wireless, we believe our combined product solutions will help drive optical…

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