Small cells

Corning Buys Business Small Cell Specialist SpiderCloud

Corning is buying its way into the enterprise small cell market, announcing the acquisition of startup SpiderCloud for an undisclosed sum on Wednesday.

The company says in a statement that SpiderCloud will become part of the Corning Optical Communications segment, which aligns with its strategy of "growing annual sales from $3 billion in 2016 to $5 billion in 2020 through innovation and acquisitions."

The announcement of the acquisition comes days after it became apparent that Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is dropping out of the small cell business, which included a partnership with SpiderCloud Wireless . (See Cisco Shuttering Small Cell Biz – Report.)

The buy will bring fiber-focused Corning deeper into the small cell game. Major US operators are now on track to deploy multiple thousands of the tiny basestations this year.

For its part, SpiderCloud has been seen as an acquisition target by Light Reading since 2015. (See SpiderCloud: A Small Cell Acquisition Target?)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

bosco_pcs 7/20/2017 | 6:40:26 PM
Re: Small Cell Landscape Thanks for the info, James
James_B_Crawshaw 7/20/2017 | 6:37:32 PM
Re: Small Cell Landscape From what I've read, Corning is adding small cells to complement its existing DAS portfolio and be able to compete more effectively with CommScope which bought small cell vendor Airvana in 2015.

A September 2016 survey of 21 service providers by IHS suggests Nokia is a well recognised small cell vendor followed by Ericsson, Huawei, SpiderCloud, Cisco (well, not any more), Samsung, ZTE, Commscope, ip.access (still independent) and NEC.

bosco_pcs 7/20/2017 | 12:56:31 PM
Small Cell Landscape Nokia, via its ALU acquisition, is a player in the small cell area. Any other major players.

Corning is more famous in the fiber and gorilla glass area. Is this for diversification purposes. Considering Apple has recently made an investment in the company, perhaps it is using its new found capital to expand. Wonder if Apple has given its blessing
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