August 25, 2014
Nokia Networks today announced it has completed the acquisition of Schaumburg, Ill.-based SAC Wireless, a provider of infrastructure and network deployment products and service offerings for telecom operators.
SAC Wireless will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nokia. “We’re seeing a trend in which operators are moving away from sub-contracting their network implementation services and opting instead for a direct service provider or ‘self-perform’ model,” said Ricky Corker, executive vice president of North America for Nokia Networks.
According to Nokia, operators are facing massive network expansions, new spectrum and more distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell implementations.
Complexities surrounding site acquisition, permitting, sub-contractor availability and quality often hinder network rollout and time to market, it added, and as a result, operators want more direct control over their network deployments.
“As new network densification technologies are introduced, we believe there will be a need for shortened deployment timelines and the ability to self-perform will become increasingly critical,” said Bill Koziel, president and CEO of SAC Wireless.
An estimated 500 employees currently employed with SAC are expected to become part of Nokia.