CCI completes acquisition of VC-backed BLiNQ Networks


BLiNQ is the innovator of Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS) wireless transport solutions for indoor and outdoor small cell networks and enterprise connectivity. © 2015 BLiNQ, All Rights Reserved

Communication Components Inc (CCI) has bought BLiNQ Networks, a Canadian provider of wireless backhaul solutions for small-cell networks and enterprise connectivity. No financial terms were released. CCI, a U.S. provider of antenna systems and RF solutions for wireless networks, said BLiNQ will operate as a branded business from its Toronto headquarters. BLiNQ was founded in 2010 following the buy of intellectual property and assets from Nortel Networks. It was backed by BDC Capital, Kensington Capital Partners, New Venture Partners, Summerhill Venture Partners and WIN, which invested in the company’s US$15.1 Series B round in 2014.

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CCI acquires BLiNQ Networks, pioneer in NLOS wireless backhaul and Fixed Wireless Access

South Hackensack, NJ, (October 31, 2016) – Communication Components Inc. (CCI), a leading provider of antenna systems and RF solutions for wireless communications networks, has completed its acquisition of BLiNQ Networks, a privately-held pioneer in software defined transport solutions for nonline-of-sight (NLOS) wireless small cell backhaul and Point-to-Multipoint Fixed Wireless Access solutions.

BLiNQ provides award-winning solutions that enable people to access communications, information and entertainment in the most challenging and high-value environments—offices, public venues and homes.

This acquisition will enhance CCI’s already robust solutions for wireless operator’s deployment of small cells, the fastest growing segment of the base station market. The combination of BLiNQ’s innovative small cell and wireless back haul solutions and CCI’s industry-leading RF solutions and antenna beamforming technology will enable CCI to provide a broader range of solutions to its customers.

The acquired business will continue to be headquartered in Toronto, Canada and will operate as part of the CCI branded companies.

“We are extremely excited and energized to have the BLiNQ team join CCI.” said Dennis Nathan, Chief Executive Officer of CCI. “BLiNQ‘s innovative solutions for wireless transport make it a perfect addition to our small cell, fixed wireless access and in-building solutions. The BLiNQ engineering team represents a highly talented group of radio engineers. We intend to leverage their expertise and combine their strengths with CCI’s existing engineering teams to bring future 5G products to market.”

About CCI
CCI is a leading provider of innovative, cost effective, revenue increasing RF solutions for cellular (mobile) infrastructure, providing network equipment for 3G, UMTS and LTE co-location, coverage enhancement, capacity improvement, interference reduction, spectrum re-farming and new technology introduction. With thousands of field proven solutions, CCI brings expertise to the demanding needs of today’s wireless operators, allowing operators to accelerate deployments whilst lowering costs and improving performance. Low cost, rapidly deployable, fit-for-purpose CCI product solutions bring increased revenues by maximizing the use of RF spectrum and power. For more information, visit www.cciproducts.com.

About BLiNQ
BLiNQ was founded in June 2010 after the acquisition of intellectual property and wireless assets from Nortel Networks. BLiNQ is a pioneer of wireless backhaul solutions that fundamentally change the way mobile operators deliver mobile broadband services. BLiNQ uses cost-effective sub-6 GHz TDD spectrum and unique and patent-pending NetLiNQ technology to provide network-level intelligence, self-organizing network capabilities, and eliminates interference challenges to maximize spectral efficiency. For more information, visit www.blinqnetworks.com.

Photo courtesy of BLiNQ Networks Inc

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