NEC buys Blue Danube to boost RAN business

NEC Corporation is set to acquire Blue Danube Systems, Inc., a U.S.-based provider of telecom network equipment, as part of the strategy to enhance RAN business.
Blue Danube’s RAN products and software solutions help global mobile operators address the challenge of 5G network roll outs and spectrum optimization.

The acquisition is part of NEC’s Mid-term Management Plan 2025. This acquisition expands NEC’s customer support capability in North America. NEC did not reveal financial details for the acquisition of Blue Danube.

Blue Danube will join NEC with an innovative team that builds onto NEC’s 5G R&D capabilities, and the company’s patented beamforming technologies will further enhance NEC’s leadership in 4G and 5G Radio Units based on O-RAN specifications.

Blue Danube will accelerate NEC’s expansion of RAN software assets to help customers address issues related to spectrum efficiency, RAN optimization and reducing network Opex.

Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President, NEC, said in a news statement: “NEC has committed to a leadership position in Open RAN network development and this move extends our physical reach and innovation roadmap.”