Smart home technology is exploding, and Nokia is moving in on that action by providing mesh WiFi solutions for the home. To achieve this, the company acquired Seattle-based Unium late last week and the deal is expected to close before the end of the first quarter. Unium’s tech includes mesh WiFi gateways, home-based mesh WiFi, beacons, and software solutions that optimize solutions.
Unium’s past clients include Google Fiber and the Department of Defense. The company understands how to deliver secure WiFi to remote regions. Nokia gains this technology and expertise with the acquisition. Industry experts expect Nokia to leverage this and other recent acquisitions “to add more value to [Nokia’s] business.”
Nokia’s Fixed Network business group president Frederico Guillen told reports, “With Unium inside, our Nokia Wi-Fi solution will deliver an unmatched user experience, going beyond what standard mesh Wi-Fi solutions deliver today.”
Home WiFi users typically experience dead zones, overlap and unexplained drops in areas of the home, especially homes with thick walls or those in rural areas. The rise of smart home technologies has brought these difficulties to prominence. Users investing in smart home technologies and smart home assistants can be disappointed in the lack of coverage in certain areas of their homes. Nokia’s mesh WiFi is one way customers can use their new technologies to their fullest potential.
Nokia’s entry into this area of tech is evidence of its mission to “deepen” its relationship with carriers. The company has also acquired Comptel that provides “software-based data solutions.” Such a relationship will ensure that Nokia is the go-to provider of powerful, secure, home internet that is compatible with a variety of partners. Nokia’s current home WiFi customers are able to continue contracts with their original carriers using plug-and-play solutions.