Nokia acquires mesh networking startup Unium to bolster it’s home WiFi portfolio

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February 26, 2018 10:52 AM

Founded in Seattle, the company helps slow or dead WiFi hotspots in the home through their mesh networking technology. Unium creates a mesh network, and adjusts the network to improve the coverage and capacity.

Nokia acquires mesh networking startup Unium to bolster it’s home WiFi portfolio

Nokia, today, announced the acquisition of Unium, a technology that helps improve WiFi speeds through mesh networking technology. The former mobile behemoths are planning to integrate Unium’s solution to their end-to-end home WiFi system. This acquisition is a part of Finnish company’s new WiFi product.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Seattle-based company has raised $26.7 million in disclosed funding since its inception. Unium’s clientele includes Google Fiber, one of the company’s high-speed internet creation and before that, the department of Defense.

Nokia claims to have over 47 million home gateways installed worldwide. Commenting of how good a deal it was, Federico Gullen, President of Nokia’s Fixed Networks group, quoted, “We look forward to having the Unium team join us. The home networking market is booming and whole-home Wi-Fi is a key enabler for this. Today’s WiFi solutions still have serious issues with sticky clients, interference, coverage gaps and capacity issues. With Unium inside, our Nokia Wi-Fi solution will deliver an unmatched user experience, going beyond what standard mesh WiFi solutions deliver today.”

Founded in Seattle, the company helps slow or dead WiFi hotspots in the home through their mesh networking technology. Unium creates a mesh network, and adjusts the network to improve the coverage and capacity. The software learns the capabilities and performance of devices to further enhance the experience of the user. Nokia claims that the software has a “gigabit-plus” speed throughout the house.

The company first helped the Department of Defense with these solutions, who required help connecting with people in the faraway regions, regions which lacked the wireless infrastructure. After a few years, the company came out to the commercial market with the name OpenRoute, which sells WiFi solutions to construction companies that require proper speed below the ground or behind a thick wall.

The company which changed its name from Coco communications has been concentrated in the commercial WiFi market. Meanwhile Finnish giants made more announcements in the Mobile World Congress, launching new smartphones. The company also launched a smart city platform last week

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

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