Nokia Corporation (NOK - Analyst Report) recently announced that it has acquired a U.S.-based startup, Eta Devices, which is an expert in providing base station power amplifier efficiency solutions. Eta Devices also specializes in access points and devices. The private company, which has around 20 employees, was founded in 2010.The buyout also includes Eta Devices’ fixed assets, employees, and intellectual property rights along with lease and supplier agreements.
The acquisition is expected to further strengthen Nokia’s base station energy efficiency which is a key focus for 4.9G and 5G operators.
Benefits of Eta Devices’ Technology
Eta Devices has a distinctive power management technology – ETAdvanced– which can significantly reduce heat waste. ETAdvanced achieves this through a new amplifier that serves as an automated gearbox. The amplifier ensures that only the desired amount of power for the radio signal is provided and thus, adjusts energy usage. Thisallows operators to save more, which in turn, can be invested towards4.9G and 5G. The acquired company’s technology also decreases the requirement of backup power which results in more compact base station cabinets and lower equipment breakdown rates.
The acquisition is in sync with Nokia’s continuous efforts to invent, design and deploy sustainable technologies to cater to the needs of its customers. Nokiaalso offers a Zero Emission base station solution that lowers energy consumption. The technology also ensures up to 70% reduction in CO2 emissions.
Nokia has been increasing its focus on wireless and fixed networks infrastructure and providing professional services to telecom operators. However, the company faces competition in various areas from peers such as InterDigital Inc. (IDCC - Snapshot Report) , ARC Group Worldwide, Inc. (ARCW - Snapshot Report) and ViaSat Inc. (VSAT - Analyst Report) .
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