Gainspeed to be acquired by Nokia

US-company Gainspeed, the pioneer in DAA (Distributed Access Architectures) for cable, has announced its planned acquisition by Nokia of Finland. Gainspeed’s Virtual CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) solution is a perfect complement to Nokia’s current fiber access solutions and enables Nokia to provide a complete cable access solution for MSOs (Multiple System Operators). Nokia’s well-established footprint in cable and telco networks would accelerate the acceptance and deployment of Gainspeed’s solution. Upon the closing of the prospective transaction, Gainspeed would become part of Nokia’s Fixed Networks business.
The transition from legacy video to IP video, and the associated demand for high-speed data services, is placing enormous capacity demands on cable operator networks. Major cable operators generally agree that DAA is the next-generation access solution that will enable them to transition and capitalize on the dramatic impacts the legacy video to IP video move will have on their networks.
Gainspeed’s Virtual CCAP solution is the industry’s first and only available DAA. It enables MSOs to increase the capacity and performance of their existing HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) infrastructure, reduce headend power and space requirements, and migrate to an all-IP network.
Virtual CCAP eliminates the physical CCAP by leveraging software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) to distribute cable-specific functions – including DOCSIS processing and RF modulation – to the edge of the network while centralizing control and management in the data center.
Virtual CCAP would be a strategic addition to Nokia’s cable access portfolio, which includes industry-leading routing, video and PON solutions. Together, Gainspeed and Nokia would deliver the industry’s most advanced network solutions to cable operators.
Gainspeed was founded in 2012 and is privately held. It is located in Sunnyvale, California, and has approximately 70 employees. The planned transaction is expected to close in Q3 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.