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Nokia buys Gainspeed in cable market push

Nokia is acquiring Gainspeed, a US-based start-up that specialises in Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) solutions for the cable industry.

Gainspeed’s Virtual Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) solution would “strategically diversify Nokia’s product portfolio for cable access customers” and expand Nokia’s footprint in this market, the company said in a statement.

Upon closing of the deal, California-based Gainspeed, which employs some 70 people, will become part of Nokia’s Fixed Networks business group.

“Cable is one of the fastest growing areas in our fixed networks business, and we are committed to delivering a complete solution set to cable operators,” said Federico Guillen, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks business group.

“Gainspeed’s Virtual CCAP perfectly complements our leading fiber access solutions for cable MSOs.”

Nokia said that with the acquisition of Gainspeed it will have an “extendible and flexible platform” that can host “the future innovations of the cable industry”.

The company’s Virtual CCAP solution is designed to help cable operators increase the capacity of their existing HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) infrastructure and deploy new services, while reducing space and power requirements in the headend. Customers can also use it to migrate their networks to a software-driven, all-IP architecture.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to closing conditions.