Nokia plans to leverage the home-networking market with acquisiton of Unium

Expanded portfolio of Nokia residential devices and gateways now supports intelligent mesh Wi-Fi capabilities, strengthened by new Unium software
Federico Guillén: "For many users, the concept of Wi-Fi and broadband access are synonymous, putting many service providers on the front line of customer complaints if Wi-Fi performance is impacted. "
Federico Guillén: "For many users, the concept of Wi-Fi and broadband access are synonymous, putting many service providers on the front line of customer complaints if Wi-Fi performance is impacted. "

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Nokia has announced at MWC 2018 plans to acquire Unium, a US-based software company that specialises in solving complex wireless networking problems for use in mission-critical and residential Wi-Fi applications.

Unium will bring Nokia field-proven, carrier-grade mesh technology that helps maximise in-home wireless networking speeds and ensures quality of experience across the entire home.  Its Wi-Fi home solution is plug & play and highly intuitive. 

Federico Guillén, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group, said: "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 Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi solutions deliver today."

Martha Bejar, CEO at Unium added: "Nokia is a global leader in creating customer-centric solutions and is at the heart of our connected world. The Unium team is excited to join Nokia and drive a unique and innovative customer experience through our intelligent Wi-Fi solution, making every customer-touch better."

A demo of Unium software as part of Nokia's whole-home Wi-Fi demo will be shown at Mobile World Congress 2018 at Nokia stand. Planned purchase of privately held Unium is expected to close in Q1 2018.

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