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Airspan bolsters fixed wireless portfolio and US presence with Mimosa buy

Small cell vendor Airspan Networks, most famous as the maker of Sprint’s Magic Box 4G cell, has acquired fixed wireless equipment provider Mimosa Networks. The deal evokes some memories of the heyday of broadband wireless and WiMAX over a decade ago – Airspan emerged to prominence in that era, and Mimosa’s model, which offers FWA in unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum, is a continuation of the same ideas. Airspan said it wanted the company to strengthen its expertise in 5G network infrastructure. Though Mimosa’s core commercial technology has been based on 802.11 standards (souped-up WiFi) it has been considering moves into 3GPP and 5G approaches for the future. The deal will also enhance Airspan’s north American presence with an engineering center…

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