Reliance Jio Platforms today announced that its subsidiary Radisys Corporation will acquire Mimosa Networks from U.S.-based IT services company Airspan Networks Holdings for US$ 60 million (Rs. 491 crore approx.) on a debt free, cash free basis.
Airspan acquired Mimosa in 2018 to target cost-effective fixed wireless access network connections. Mimosa has a diverse portfolio of point-to-point and point-to-multi-point products based on Wi-Fi 5 and the newer Wi-Fi 6E technologies as well as related accessories, such as twist on antennas, PoE Injectors, etc.
These solutions have use cases in the backhaul requirements for 5G and FTTX/ FWA rollouts. Jio has been a major customer of Mimosa.
Mimosa’s product development, manufacturing, and sales teams of 56 employees will continue with Mimosa following the acquisition.
Airspan maintains a reseller channel for specific joint 4G/5G and FWA projects and will continue marketing Mimosa products to some of its customers following the acquisition.
Jio is a shareholder of Airspan and maintains a seat on its Board of Directors. The transaction is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2023 following regulatory approvals.
Speaking about the transaction, Mathew Oommen, President, Jio said:
Over the years, our collaboration with Airspan has resulted in groundbreaking architectures for high-speed connectivity for both the end user and for backhaul applications. Acquisition of Mimosa will further accelerate Jio’s innovation and leadership in the production of telecom network products that deliver value to consumers and enterprises across the globe with cost-effective, rapidly deployable fixed and mobile broadband.
Eric Stonestrom, Chairman and CEO of Airspan, said:
We are excited about this transaction. It not only puts a very capable product team with one of the world’s most innovative and transformative technology and telecommunications companies, but it also strengthens Airspan’s balance sheet enabling the company to pursue 4G and 5G private and MNO networks which have been our main focus.