Exfo buys cellular T & M company

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 7:20am
Brian Santo

Expanding its coverage into the wireless telephony market and its reach far deeper into international markets, Exfo has acquired Finnish test and measurement company NetHawk Oyj for approximately $51 million.

The purchase is of 91 percent of NetHawk stock. Future provisions for buying the balance of NetHawk’s stock will raise the final price; Exfo will also pick up NetHawk’s cash, which will offset the purchase price somewhat.

NetHawk provides 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE protocol analyzers and simulators for wireless network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and network operators.

NetHawk is estimated to be the world’s second-largest provider of both protocol analysis and network simulation in terms of global market share, including a position in testing high-growth 4G/LTE networks, Exfo said.

NetHawk has also developed a 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE service assurance solution, based on iPro’s 1G and 10G wireline stream capture and M5’s deep protocol and KPI analysis, to focus on testing the core and radio access networks of a wireless telecommunications infrastructure.

Exfo said this product line is highly complementary to its own BrixCall, BrixNGN and BrixVision suite of highly scalable service assurance solutions for active and passive monitoring of the application layer on next-generation IP networks.

Germain Lamonde, Exfo’s chairman, president and CEO, said: “This acquisition represents a defining milestone in Exfo’s near 25-year history, since it not only transforms us into a global force in wireless testing, but it also moves us among the top-five suppliers in the telecom test and service assurance industry, with more than 1,600 employees in 25 countries supporting in excess of 2,000 customers.

“NetHawk’s excellent positioning for the high-growth 3G and 4G/LTE test markets and strong customer relationships forged over almost 20 years underlie the rationale behind this deal,” Lamonde continued. “Joining forces makes the new Exfo far more relevant to global network operators and NEMs, as we can now offer one of the most advanced and complete product portfolios for both fixed and mobile networks. In a nutshell, I’m confident the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts.”

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