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September 17, 2015

Cavium GM Talks Small Cells and Expanding Wi-Fi

Cavium is an example of a company that seems to be in the right place at the right time.

The integrated processing and switching solutions company was founded in 2001, went public on the Nasdaq in 2007, has seen a 7-year revenue compound annual growth rate of 33 percent, and is profitable with no debt. Its solutions address the needs of a broad swath of customers, including enterprise, SMB, and SOHO users, mobile service providers, and data centers.

The company’s Fusion-M solution addresses small cell deployments, and has seen lots of interest. Users of Fusion-M include LG U+ and SK Telecom. In fact, OCTEON Fusion has more than 80 percent share of small cell deployments in Korea, and ABI Research and Mobile Experts both have named Cavium as the leader in the 4G side of this space.

In an interview with me at CTIA Super Mobility last week, Raj Singh, general manager of the wireless broadband group at Cavium, noted that Korea is the only country where half of the population lives in one city, so this solution is especially practical for such densely populated areas.

But small cell solutions, he added, also make sense to increase capacity and coverage in environments like older cities and buildings in which installing fiber is not an option.

If a particular sector is overloaded, he added, the Cavium solution enables network operators to simply add industry-standard servers to get extra capacity. That’s a much more affordable solution, he indicated, than addressing it with specialized hardware.

Cavium also is addressing Wi-Fi connectivity. The company earlier this month announced its has expanded its partnership with Quantenna Communications to deliver 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi solutions for campus, home, and high-density environments. Singh explained that the partnership involves the companies providing higher order MIMO at line rates, which he says is important when you need to provide coverage beyond the home.

“Cavium’s OCTEON III CN71XX solution, with very high-performance 10G throughput, robust security and CPU headroom for high-density MU-MIMO, is a great complement to our QSR10G Wi-Fi platform. We are pleased to have Cavium as our key partner for a range of new 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi product designs,” said Lionel Bonnot, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Quantenna. “Together we provide an excellent solution that delivers speed, range, security and scalability to service provider hotspot and home Wi-Fi markets.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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