UK firm Zinwave, a supplier of in-building wireless coverage solutions, was acquired this week (3 February 2014) by McWane Inc, a privately-held diversified manufacturing company based in the United States.
The company said that McWane’s financial strength and international status will allow Zinwave to invest in commercial and technical resource, customer service, customer support, geographical presence and infrastructure.
It will also allow Zinwave to accelerate its product development and enhancement programmes, thus ensuring that it maintains its competitive edge in fibre-based RF coverage solutions for existing and emerging markets.
Becoming part of a global organisation will enable Zinwave to increase its overall share of the rapidly growing DAS market, which is predicted to grow by more than 300% in the US alone over the next five years according to a recent report published by iGR Research.
Zinwave said its in-building wideband active DAS is the only solution available in the market place that supports all cellular and public safety services (including any variant of the new LTE services) on a single hardware layer. Zinwave’s DAS supports any combination of services, between 150MHz and 2700MHz, regardless of protocol or modulation scheme.
Zinwave’s DAS is fibre-based, offering an ‘install-once’ solution. It eliminates the need for expensive and disruptive upgrades to existing infrastructures because spare fibre can easily and inexpensively be incorporated into the initial communications framework.
New architectures, such as MIMO (multiple-input-multiple-output), can be supported on the same installation as they become available, making it ‘future-proof’ and ensuring optimal ROI.
The system’s straightforward design (comprising just three components) and unique technology delivers building owners, telecom operators and neutral host providers the most flexible solution in the market place, with lowest total cost of ownership per installation.
Ian Sugarbroad, CEO of Zinwave, said: “Our new status will give us access to invaluable resources, including McWane’s impressive intellectual property, R&D, and global supply and distribution chain. It means we can speed up product development and improve our support to strategic partners and customers, so they in turn are able to accelerate growth for wideband active DAS solutions in their respective markets.”
G. Ruffner Page, Jr., president of McWane, added: “Zinwave is the perfect addition to our growing stable of high-tech companies operating under the McWane Technology Group banner. Founded in 1921, McWane is a global leader in water, waste water, fire protection and LPG tank infrastructure products and we’re proud to continue leading the way in building the durable and innovative infrastructure our world depends on.”
While Zinwave will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based McWane, it will continue to trade as an independent company and maintain its established corporate identity.
Zinwave’s UK presence will be maintained and will add to McWane Technology’s expanding global footprint, which includes offices in the United States, Canada and South Korea.
McWane Technology focuses on acquiring and building market-leading companies through the employment and development of a range of high technologies. It says it invests in outstanding management teams, business innovators and technology leaders seeking a long-term, value-added partner and takes an active role in the companies it buys.
Companies in the McWane portfolio include:
- Synapse Wireless (US) – Internet of Things/Machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions
- Nighthawk Total Control (US) – Internet of Things/Machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions
- Futurecom Systems Group (Canada) – Radio frequency extension solutions
- ComTech Korea (South Korea) – Radio frequency extension solutions.