Plano’s DZS Expands Global Reach with Acquisition of Australia’s NetComm Wireless

In conjunction with the completed acquisition, global investment firm EdgeCo LLC increased its financial support of DZS, with an eye toward "United States and other government broadband stimulus programs" being released in 2024 and 2025.

Plano-based DZS—a developer of network edge, connectivity, and cloud software solutions “enabling broadband everywhere”—has completed its acquisition of Sydney, Australia-based NetComm Wireless Pty Ltd.

“The NetComm acquisition underscores our commitment to provide communications service providers and enterprise customers with a comprehensive set of connectivity solutions that has now been expanded to include distribution point units (DPUs), WiFi, Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and industrial Internet of things (IIoT) products,” DZS President and CEO Charlie Vogt said in a statement.

Vogt added that NetComm enhances the DZS portfolio with “market-leading connectivity solutions” that “capitalize on our broadband anywhere vision and go-to-market strategy.”

DZS said that in conjunction with the acquisition, global investment firm EdgeCo LLC, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions as well as flexible financial solutions, increased its financial support of DZS. Terms of the additional investment were not disclosed.

EdgeCo Managing Director Robert Binkele said that his firm and its partners have been following the evolution of DSL to PON, or passive optical networks, “for more than 20 years.” 

With Vogt’s appointment as President and CEO of DZS in 2020, EdgeCo increased its focus across the broadband market segment, Binkele added. (In 2020, DZS moved its headquarters from Oakland, California, to Plano. Two years later, Vogt won the Corporate CEO Award at the Tech Titan Awards Gala.)

“With great anticipation of the United States and other government broadband stimulus programs to be released during the 2H24 and into 2025, and service providers depleting what appears to have been an over-rotation of inventory, we believe that DZS is well-positioned across the North America, EMEA and now ANZ market segments as service providers return to normal purchasing cycles,” Binkele said.

Better broadband services at the network edge

DZS said the combination of its broadband networking and cloud software portfolio with NetComm’s Fiber Extension, Connected Home, FWA, and IIoT portfolio and patents creates “a comprehensive, flexible, intelligent, easy-to-install and operate broadband networking and connectivity portfolio.”

DZS said that its broadband solutions are “uniquely designed for the network edge,” including the connected devices that interface with subscribers, enterprise users, and machines, and the cloud software that orchestrates, automates and optimizes the experience for end users and network operators. By leveraging higher performance, lower latency, and measured quality-of-service “optimized for broadband everywhere, including licensed wireless and WiFi complemented by AI-influenced software solutions,” DZS said it is redefining how optical networking and intelligent software simplify and unify broadband services at the network edge.

Here’s more on the benefits of the acquisition and NetComm’s connectivity portfolio, per DZS:

  • Expanded Customer Footprint: NetComm’s customers encompass the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and Latin America. The combined portfolio of customers enables DZS to provide service providers and enterprise customers with a comprehensive broadband networking, connectivity and cloud software portfolio.
  • Connected Home: WiFi 6/6E/7 solutions
  • Fiber Extension: DPU solutions for multiple dwelling units (MDUs) and fiber-to-the-curb applications
  • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA): 4G/5G and 5G millimeter wave solutions
  • Connected Enterprise: IIoT connectivity solutions leveraging 4G/5G wireless and WiFi technologies
  • Software Expansion: DZS will integrate its network assurance and WiFi experience management solutions with NetComm’s Connected Home, Fiber Extension and FWA solutions.
  • Increased Scale: NetComm increases the scale of DZS providing new growth opportunities across the combined customer and regional landscape.

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