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Casa Systems wins multi-year Verizon 5G core contract

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Casa Systems, a provider of physical and cloud-native infrastructure technology solutions for mobile, cable and fixed networks, announced that they have been awarded a multi-year purchase contract from Verizon.

In addition, Verizon will make an investment of approximately US$40M in Casa common stock, resulting in a 9.9% ownership stake.

Under the terms of the commercial agreement, Casa Systems will provide its 5G Core Network Functions to Verizon, helping power the company’s public Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) service offering. Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) technology moves computing resources onto cloud servers at the network edge - as close as possible to places where data is generated.

“This announcement is an important milestone for our 5G Core and Security Gateway technology, as well as the growth potential of our business,” said Casa Systems president and CEO Jerry Guo.

“Our cloud-native approach is at the foundation of today’s agreement and represents an important pivot in the telecommunications industry. Casa Systems is excited to be at the forefront of this shift towards a cutting edge, cloud-based strategy through this partnership with Verizon.

"This agreement validates our leadership in 5G Core and MEC and positions Casa Systems as a key champion for cloud-native 5G infrastructure in the United States. I couldn’t be more proud of our team for all their hard work in helping us achieve this agreement,” Guo said.

“Casa Systems is an important member of our 5G and MEC ecosystem, providing flexible applications that will allow us to scale up for our customers as real-time solutions continue to grow,” said, Verizon president global networks and technology Kyle Malady.

“We have confidence in Casa as a cloud-native technology partner and look forward to joint innovation as we scale the power of 5G and MEC in the years to come," Malady continued.

In Australia, Casa Systems acquired NetComm Wireless in July 2019 adding to the companies depth in terms of wireless customer premise equipment. NetComm supplied through Ericsson the wireless CPE deployed on the NBN fixed wireless network. This capability was leveraged into Casa Systems winning Bell Canada's fixed wireless CPE business last August.

With this win Casa Systems is now positioned against some big names in the 5G core space such as Cisco, Ericsson, HPE and Nokia.

Locally it will be interesting to see if Casa Systems can break into business that is outside the legacy NetComm Wireless competencies, leveraging Casa Systems' broader portfolio.

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