MWC 2018: Nokia announces plans to take over mesh Wi-Fi networking firm Unium

The acquisition is another move by the company with the overall connectivity market in mind.

  • Published: February 27, 2018 6:40 PM IST

At MWC 2018, Nokia has made an announcement related to its efforts to amp up traction in the connectivity market. The company announced its plans to acquire Unium in what could be a key ingredient in the firm’s plans to dominate the home Wi-Fi market. The financial terms of the deal have not been revealed yet, but the deal is expected to close in Q1 2018.

Nokia says that Unium’s software will complement Its own end-to-end Wi-Fi solutions portfolio. In addition, the firm will support Nokia’s business vision of strengthening its position in the home Wi-Fi market.

“We look forward to having the Unium team join us,” said Federico Guillén, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks business group. “The home networking market is booming and whole-home Wi-Fi is a key enabler for this.”

Unium is a Seattle-based company, which was founded in 2002, and develops carrier-grade mesh networking applications in both enterprise and consumer environments. Mesh networks, essentially, aim to blanket spaces with the same, strong signal and eradicate dead spots, a problem which often occurs in a standard Wi-Fi router.

According to ZDNet, “mesh topography can also prevent bottlenecks occurring when multiple devices are connected and operating at the same time — a requirement for the wide array of Internet of Things (IoT) devices now entering our homes.”

  • Published Date: February 27, 2018 6:40 PM IST