Skip to main content
Home News Pivotal Commware Raises $102 million Series D Round to Accelerate mmWave Wireless FWA Rollout

Pivotal Commware Raises $102 million Series D Round to Accelerate mmWave Wireless FWA Rollout

NOTE: Pivotal Commware is a Duke start-up co-founded by Professor David Smith (ECE, Pratt). This press release first appeared on the Pivotal Commware website.

Bothell, Washington — August 17, 2023 —Pivotal Commware, global leader in 5G mmWave infrastructure products, announces the closing of a $102 million Series D round led by Gates Frontier and Tracker Capital. Joining them as co-leads in the round are funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, LLC, and Blue Investment Group. Among Pivotal’s existing investors, Verizon Ventures, Devonshire Investors, Thermo Companies, DIG Investment XV AB and Lux Capital also participated.

Pivotal products, applications and services deliver solutions for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) households to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) at a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and with fast time-to-revenue. By re-directing mmWave signals beyond line-of-sight, Pivotal’s Pivot 5G repeaters extend the wireless coverage area of radio access networks (RANs).

“As data demand grows, a country’s economic success and social development will require widespread access to the Internet, and mmWave is foundational to bring this about,” said Glenn Lurie, Pivotal Board Member, and former President & CEO of AT&T Mobility. “Verizon’s leadership in 5G and mmWave in particular has positioned both Verizon and Pivotal for sustained success.”

“Pivotal is contributing to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) around the world getting their fair share of the broadband market, valued at $100 billion in the US alone,” said Dr. Shaygan Kheradpir, senior advisor to Tracker Capital and the Technology-Telecom team lead at Cerberus Capital Management. “We think Pivotal will be a leading light among future telecom infrastructure providers.”

“Customer demand for data continues to climb and that increased customer demand will benefit from the higher capacity found at mmWave frequencies,” said Brian Deutsch, CEO of Pivotal Commware. “We are delighted to have investors like Gates Frontier, Tracker Capital, and Verizon who share our vision for the future of our crucial and rapidly expanding industry.”

“The number of mmWave CPEs deployed for FWA will triple in four years. Heck, it will almost double in the next 12 months,” commented Joe Madden, Chief Analyst at Mobile Experts Inc. “The technology has been proven over the past two years, and now the operators are stepping on the accelerator.”

The new capital raised will provide the opportunity to invest aggressively in Pivotal Turnkey to drive mmWave FWA coverage for MNOs. Capital and cash flow from operations will also be used to develop next generation software and hardware products and solutions. Citigroup acted as exclusive placement agent to Pivotal Commware.

About Pivotal Commware, Inc.

Pivotal Commware created the world’s first product ecosystem dedicated to solving millimeter wave’s most vexing challenges: WaveScape® network planning tool for optimizing the placement of network elements, Pivot 5G network repeaters for navigating signals around obstacles, Echo 5G subscriber repeaters for penetrating signals indoors through window glass, and Intelligent Beam Management System platform for managing and optimizing the repeater network. Pivotal repeaters use its patented antenna technology, Holographic Beam Forming® for lowest cost, size, weight, and power consumption (C-SWaP). Pivotal Turnkey Services is an end-to-end solution for planning and deploying fixed wireless access (FWA) for Mobile Network Operators. The company is privately held and headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. For more information, visit


Global Results Communications
Lora Metzner

Have Questions?

Please contact us or subscribe for more opportunities

Stay in Touch with Us