NEC expands Open RAN ecosystem offering with acquisition of Aspire Technology
NEC Corporation has recently increased its capacity to deliver End-to-End Open RAN ecosystems, along with system design and integration for legacy networks, with the agreement to acquire Aspire Technology Unlimited Company (Aspire Technology). This company is specialized in offering Open Networks solutions, a need in the drive toward adoption of Open RAN 5G. The acquisition is expected to be completed in July 2022, following the confirmation of necessary procedures and approvals for each organization.
Today, Aspire Technology works with operators, vendors and other SI companies across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Aspire Technology has been an advocate for Open RAN from the outset and has built an Open Networks Lab enabling partners to track development, integration and testing of Open Networks.
Naohisa Matsuda, General Manager of NEC’s 5G Strategy and Business said, “NEC has made a strong, public commitment to providing leadership in the rollout of Open RAN. Part of that commitment is building out our ability to serve as the prime system integrator for global operators as they adopt Open Networks at their own pace. The SI business is all about people and expertise. The strong capabilities and the deep pool of talented engineers at Aspire Technology, combined with their portfolio of technology solutions and applications, is a big step forward for our NEC Open Networks strategy. NEC is now better prepared than any supplier to integrate disaggregated network components into a well-tuned ecosystem.”
Bill Walsh, Aspire Technology’s Founder and CEO said, “We believe the combination of NEC and Aspire Technology will provide tremendous benefits to our customers, both legacy network-based and those evolving to the more Open environment, and also to the broader 5G and Open RAN marketplace, which is growing rapidly. We share a common vision of the 5G and Open RAN market, and a history of delivering complex integration projects with some of the largest carriers in the world. Together, we create a compelling and comprehensive 5G solutions portfolio.”