February 3, 2014
We are proud to announce that McWane, Inc. has acquired Zinwave Ltd. Zinwave is a leading global supplier of in-building wireless coverage solutions. McWane's financial strength and international status will allow Zinwave to invest in commercial and technical resource, customer service, customer support, geographical presence and infrastructure. It will also allow Zinwave to accelerate its product development and enhancement programs, thus ensuring that it can maintain its competitive edge in fiber-based RF coverage solutions for existing and emerging markets.
Becoming a part of a global organization will enable Zinwave to increase its overall share of the rapidly growing DAS marketin, which is predicted to grow by more than 300% in the US alone over the next five years according to a recent report published by iGR Research.
Zinwave's in-building wideband active DAS is the only solution available in the market place that supports all cellular and public safety sevices (including any variant of the new LTE services) on a single hardware layer. Zinwave's DAS supports any combination of services, between 150 MHz and 2700MHz, regardless of protocol or modulation scheme.
Zinwave's DAS is fibre-based, offering an "install once" solution. It eliminates the need for expensive and disruptive upgrades to existing infrastructures because spare fibre can easily and inexpensively be incorporated into the initial communications framework. New architectures, such as MIMO (multiple-input-multiple-output), can be supported on the same installation as they become available, making it "future-proof" and ensuring optimal ROI.
The system's straightforward design (comprising just three components) and unique technology delivers building owners, telecom operators and neutral host providers the most flexible solution in the market place, with lowest total cost of ownership per installation.
When asked about the acquisition, Zinwave CEO Ian Sugarbroad said, "Our new status will give us access to invaluable resources, including McWane's impressive intellectural property, R&D, and global supply and distribution chain. It means we can speed up product development and improve our support to strategic partners and customers, so they in turn are able to accelerate growth for wideband active DAS solutions in their respective markets."
McWane President Ruffner Page, Jr. also said, "Zinwave is the perfect addition to our growing stable of high-tech companies operating under the McWane Technology Group banner. Founded in 1921, McWane is a global leader in water, waste water, fire protection and LPG tank infrastructure products and we're proud to continue leading the way in building the durable and innovative infrastructure our world depends on."
While Zinwave will become a wholly owned subsidiary of McWane, it wll continue to trade as an independent company and maintain its established corporate identity. Zinwave's UK presence will be maintained and will add to McWane Technology's expanding global footprint, which includes offices in the United States, Canada and South Korea.
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the United States and the world. At the McWane Family of Companies, we cast ductile iron products--including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products--manufacture fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and build network switches and monitoring equipment. We are the leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally-friendly manufacturing of our products. With more than 6,000 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where we live and work.