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Scott Willis Named New Zinwave CEO, Ian Sugarbroad to Retire

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott D. Willis as the new Chief Executive Officer of Zinwave, effective January 4, 2016. Ian Sugarbroad will step down from his current role on January 4, but will work closely with Scott on a full-time basis for several months to facilitate the transition of his responsibilities. During this period he will move to the role of Vice-Chairman of Zinwave and will remain a member of the Zinwave executive team. Once the transition is complete, Ian will report to Key Foster in a special advisory role where he will provide input on a wide range of strategic, technical, and operational matters that relate both to Zinwave and to McWane Technology Group. This role will enable Ian to take his first step toward his long-term plan to retire to Florida with his wife, Dominique.

Scott joins us from Goodman Networks, where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships developed over his 30-year career in the telecommunications industry. Scott previously worked for Ericsson, Nokia, BellSouth, Sprint, and several smaller global corporations in the communications field.

Scott has led a number of large global businesses over the course of his extensive career. He is recognized as a strong sales and marketing executive with a proven track record in market-leading sales growth. He has extensive general management experience setting strategic direction, confecting corporate alliances, and overseeing complex operations for both large and small organizations. He also has built and grown new businesses to significant scale. We are confident that Scott’s leadership capabilities and experience in our target market segments (operator, neutral host, and enterprise) will help Zinwave seize the significant growth opportunities that are within our grasp.

Scott graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in finance, received his MBA from Wake Forest University, and received continuing executive education certificates from the graduate schools of business at Stanford and Columbia. Scott will be based in Dallas, TX, where he lives with his wife (Kelley), daughter (Savannah), and son (Chance).

We are excited for Scott to join the Zinwave and the McWane family of companies. We are confident he will lead the organization to achieve the ambitious goals that we have outlined for the business.

Please join us in welcoming Scott to the team.

Zinwave Develops Next-Generation Unified Connectivity Solution


We are proud to announce that Zinwave has developed a next-generation connectivity solution that will integrate their wideband active DAS technology with IP capabilities to deliver an end-to-end system that supports cellular, wi-fi, location based services (LBS), and IP communications on a single, converged infrastructure. This new solution is called UniTivity.

By using UniTivity, users can reduce their installation and equipment costs because they will not have to rip and replace existing networks. UniTivity will also support any service mix, protocol or modulation scheme, between 150MHz-2700Mhz, on a single hardware layer.

The POI simplifies and improves the reliability of the connection to base stations by removing the need for a customer built-multi-component interface for each implementation. The Site Controller will also improve system management processes by providing a single aggregation point for the monitoring, configuration and alarming for all Zinwave hardware deployed within a building or campus.

Because of the large number of smartphones in use today, current networks are struggling to keep pace with the bandwidth demands and there is a growing need for equipment providers to deliver systems that support mobile, wi-fi and IP services on a single unified infrastructure.

We are excited to see Zinwave is a leader in the push to keep up with the demands and advances in technology today.


Zinwave Wideband DAS Enhances Network Coverage in Sports Stadiums and Arenas


Zinwave distributed antenna system (DAS) is becoming system of choice for high density buildings

With Smartphone ownership on the increase and wireless broadband services more prevalent, sports enthusiasts expect unlimited access to 4G services after purchasing tickets to watch their favorite teams play live in major league tournaments like the FIFA World Cup.

Large stadiums usually have seating capacities in excess of 60K and mobile operators are finding it increasingly difficult to provide uninterrupted access to data services during live events. Networks frequently jam up as spectators share their experiences in real time and these venues require a not only dedicated coverage but also dedicated capacity to address these issues.

Zinwave’s distributed antenna system (DAS) is being increasingly selected as the system of choice by stadium owners and neutral host providers. Its wideband capabilities are enabling these high density venues to overcome interference, soft handover and capacity management challenges and better manage peaks and troughs in network traffic.

Zinwave’s wideband DAS (known as Zinwave 3000) is the only system on the market that is truly future-proof, supporting any combination of services between 150MHz -2700MHz, regardless of protocol or modulation scheme. Additionally it is the only system that can support multiple FDD and TDD 4G LTE services simultaneously across any spectrum allocated globally.

Zinwave 3000 eliminates the need for complex multi-layer infrastructures associated with conventional DAS installations and removes the need for “rip and replace” to accommodate new frequency allocations and/or migrations as they are rolled out. This speeds up the time to market and offers a higher ROI as well as the lowest total-cost-of-ownership per installation.

Zinwave 3000 also facilitates location based services being increasingly deployed in larger venues to improve business services for onsite concessionaires.

Says Colin Abrey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zinwave; When sports fans are watching their favourite teams they want an effortless network experience. Our DAS provides multi-service-multi-operator support, enabling mobile network operators, neutral hosts and systems integrators to better manage traffic peaks and troughs and deliver premium wireless performance on game days.”

Zinwave has already completed a number of successful stadium projects, including the Pepsi Center, home to the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Mammoths, the Olympic Stadia in Kiev and Warsaw, both venues for Euro 2012, and special Premiership stadium project in the UK.

Zinwave is also actively pursuing a growing number opportunities in the US and Australasia following these recent successes.


About Zinwave

Zinwave is a global provider of active DAS technology for in-building wireless coverage, with offices in UK, USA, Asia and Australia “System 3000” is the only true wideband active Distributed Antenna System on the market, supporting multiple services across all frequencies between 150MHz and 2700MHz on a single hardware layer. It is straightforward to deploy and scalable to meet future requirements.

Zinwave’s RF planning, programm management and execution teams are highly skilled, with extensive experience in all areas of wireless communications and international telecoms. Sales activities are global and the company has established relationships with all major operators and system integrators.

Zinwave is a subsidiary of McWane Inc, a privately held manufacturing company based in the US and owners of a global group of wireless technology companies.

Zinwave and Comtech Korea Join Forces to Simplify In-building Connectivity


Joint development project demonstrates Zinwave’s intention to become a leading supplier of wideband Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)


Zinwave Ltd, global providers of distributed antenna systems (DAS) for in-building wireless coverage, announced today it is working on a joint project with its sister company, Comtech Korea, to develop a future-proof Point of Interface (POI) device for in-building DAS installations. Senior staff from both companies will be available to discuss the project at CommunicAsia, taking place in Singapore from 17-20 June. Zinwave can be found on booth number BQ3-01 in the UK Pavilion.

This announcement demonstrates Zinwave’s on-going commitment to accelerate product development and research into next-generation in-building solutions, further to its acquisition by McWane Inc, a privately held manufacturing company based in the US and owners of a global group of wireless technology companies.

Comtech Korea specializes in designing and developing macro and in-building coverage extension solutions for the mobile operators and systems integrators. The company has quickly secured business with major Korean and Japanese operators and is now expanding into the US.

Jointly designed by Zinwave and Comtech, the compact, high-performance, POI device will sit at the head-end between the base station and the distributed antenna system. It will simplify connectivity to base stations by eliminating the need for complex multi-component interface implementation systems.

The POI device will be supplied alongside Zinwave’s unique wideband DAS, enabling systems integrators and neutral host providers to offer an end-to-end solution to mobile network operators (MNO), building owners and enterprise customers. Its dynamic monitoring tools (operable onsite or remotely via a web browser) will, when installed with Zinwave’s 3000 DAS, enable a fully monitored, alarmed and configurable coverage solution. The management utility also enables the POI to operate independently, which provides an opportunity to use the unit as the manageable head-end to smaller passive networks.

Zinwave’s in-building DAS is the only system on the market that is truly future-proof, supporting any combination of services and frequencies between 150MHz and 2700MHz, regardless of modulation scheme or protocol, on a single hardware layer. The high performance POI device will also support all existing and emerging frequencies and services, including FDD and TDD LTE.

Says Colin Abrey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zinwave; “Being part of a global technology group gives us access to a large pool of resource. By working in partnership with our sister company, we can significantly reduce the time to market and develop a portfolio of products to enhance our wideband DAS offering.”

Says Eric J OH, CEO, Comtech Korea; “Comtech is very confident with fast and advanced technology engineering design and cost effective mass production. Zinwave and Comtech will take advantage of the expertise and resource the McWane Tech Group has to offer to develop next-generation coverage solutions for the in-building wireless industry.”

The high performance POI device is expected to be available for global release during 2014.

McWane Technology Acquires Zinwave Ltd.


We are proud to announce that the McWane Technology group is further expanding their global footprint by acquiring Zinwave Ltd. Zinwave Ltd, a leading global supplier of in-building wireless coverage solutions, announced on February 3rd, its sale to McWane, Inc., a privately-held diversified manufacturing company based in the United States.

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 maintains its competitive edge in fiber-based RF coverage solutions for existing and emerging markets.

Zinwave’s in-building wideband active DAS is the only solution available in the market place that supports all cellular and public safety services (including any variant of the new LTE services) on a single hardware layer. Zinwave’s DAS supports any combination of services, between 150MHz and 2700MHz, regardless of protocol or modulation scheme.

Becoming part of a global organisation will enable Zinwave to increase its overall share of the rapidly growing DAS market, 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.

Says Ian Sugarbroad, CEO of Zinwave:

“Our new status will give us access to invaluable resources, including McWane’s impressive intellectual 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, G. Ruffner Page, Jr. had this to say:

“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 Birmingham, Alabama-based McWane, it will 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.

We are looking forward to learning more about the newest addition to the McWane family of companies. Wecome to the team, Zinwave!