Telecom Lead America: Westell Technologies, a provider of telecommunications equipment for wireline, wireless
and home networks, has acquired the assets and business of ANTONE Wireless
California-based ANTONE Wireless designs, manufactures and
markets a line of high-performance Tower-Mounted Amplifiers, Multi-Carrier
Power Amplifier Boosters, and cell-site antenna sharing products.
“ANTONE’s products directly target the cell-site
optimization market, which we had identified as a key strategic wireless market
segment, and significantly expand Westell’s existing array of products
available to our wireless carrier customers. Westell’s supply chain
capabilities and market position should accelerate the success of these
products, and we expect the acquisition to be accretive to next year’s
earnings,” said Rick Gilbert, Westell’s chairman and chief executive officer.
ANTONE’s products have already been approved for use by
large U.S. wireless carriers to address the growing need for cell-site
“ANTONE brings outstanding engineering capabilities,
valuable expertise with wireless markets, and an established line of
best-in-class Tower-Mounted Amplifiers and related products that are currently
being deployed to enhance 4G/LTE wireless broadband performance,” Gilbert
The market for Tower-Mounted Amplifiers and filters has been
estimated by Mobile Experts L.L.C. at $260 million per year in North America.
ANTONE had revenues of approximately $2 million in the 12 months ending
March 31, 2012.
Westell expands eSmartES managed Ethernet edge switches
Last year, Westell Technologies launched of the ES8100
series of managed Ethernet edge switches, adding to its eSmartES family of
This line of Ethernet switches includes the same hardened
functionality of Westell’s ES8000
series with the added feature of the company’s SiteVu Secure telemetry