NEC Corporation acquires Blue Danube Systems to enhance its 5G product portfolio


Blue Danube Systems has announced the signing of a definitive acquisition agreement by NEC Corporation. The deal is expected to close around March 2022, pending regulatory approval.

Blue Danube has successfully demonstrated its Coherent Massive MIMO 5G beamforming technology in numerous trials around the world, delivering up to 3x more capacity with first-generation software in commercial mobile networks using existing mobile phones . By deploying Coherent Massive MIMO with standalone AI/ML beam optimization software, mobile network operators can cost-effectively improve overall multi-site performance in the FDD and TDD bands.

Blue Danube’s technology has been shown to not only improve network capacity, but also significantly improve coverage, for example avoiding new sites on higher frequency bands and cost-effectively delivering a 5G user experience to communities. rural. Blue Danube’s products have been in commercial service for over 5 years, are compatible with 4G and 5G baseband processing, and have proven to be reliable in a wide range of deployment scenarios and environmental conditions.

Mark Pinto, CEO of Blue Danube, said: “We are delighted to join the NEC team which is an Open RAN leader and recognized for its end-to-end Open 5G solutions and systems integration capabilities. Being part of NEC allows Blue Danube to expand our 5G product offerings and together we will bring ever more powerful hardware and software products based on O-RAN specifications to customers around the world.


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