CommScope and Arris are merging. Though they frame this as a complementary deal, there's some lingering questions about the broader strategic rationale of the deal and if this is, indeed, a marriage made in technology heaven.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

November 19, 2018

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Podcast: CommScope & Arris Tie the Knot, but Why?

CommScope and Arris are merging in a $7.4 billion deal that, they say, will create a combined company with expertise in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and position it to succeed in the 5G era.

There's not much overlap in their respective product lines, so the deal, and the price CommScope Inc. is paying for Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), has caused some head-scratching. Did CommScope need Arris more than Arris needed CommScope? (See CommScope Puts Up $7.4B for Arris, CommScope/Arris Deal More About Dollars Than Strategic Sense – Analyst and Why CommScope Wooed Arris.)

Even as ink on the deal was still drying, we pondered what this means for the future of Arris's set-top box business.

"These days, scale has been kind of the name of the game, from the service provider standpoint, as well as the vendors... bigger is better," Jeff Baumgartner, senior editor at Light Reading, said. "CommScope's business has been struggling a bit... and they've been trying to evaluate what to do and how to get into some adjacent markets."

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— Phil Harvey, US News Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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