Wireless backhaul vendor DragonWave has been acquired by Transform-X, a US company specializing in waveform, software and hardware technologies for microwave radio, satellite radio, broadcast and other RF communications.
DragonWave came to prominence on the back of Clearwire’s WiMAX-based deployment in the US, which was later merged into Sprint’s roll-out of WiMAX in a bid to pre-empt LTE projects by its rivals. That failed, but DragonWave continued to supply Sprint and other operators around the world, but recently struggled because of cutbacks by the US carrier, as well as high levels of competition in the wireless backhaul market, accompanied by lower than expected market growth rates, especially in small cells. DragonWave entered receivership earlier this year, a process which will be concluded once the acquisition is finalized, expected within a couple of weeks.
Many wireless and small cell backhaul start-ups have been acquired or have refocused their efforts, but Canada-based DragonWave believes its new parent will provide more than survival – it has complementary technologies which will enable the enlarged entity to target a range of backhaul challenges in 5G and other sectors.
“We are very excited to bring the DragonWave team onboard and begin integrating our disruptive technologies into their market leading product portfolio,” said Dan Hodges, Transform-X’s CEO. “Our combined efforts and technologies will offer new and more effective ways to address the critical challenges of 5G backhaul and the growing field of wireless networking and MPLS applications. Transform-X offers expertise, technology and financial resources to take DragonWave to a new level.”