Cisco to acquire small cell specialist

US networking giant eyes lucrative small cell market with latest deal
Cisco to acquire small cell specialist
Published: 4 April 2013 - 6:14 a.m.

Cisco is set to buy femtocell specialist Ubiquisys for $310 million in cash.

UK-based Ubiquisys focuses on intelligent 3G and LTE small-cell technologies, with particular expertise in indoor small-cell hardware and intelligent software.

Cisco said that the deal will reinforce its commitment to service providers and strengthen its mobility expertise to deliver more intelligent mobile Internet networks.

"Cisco is ‘doubling down' on its small cell business to accelerate strong momentum and growth in the mobility market," said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Mobility Business Group. "By acquiring Ubiquisys, we are expanding on our current mobility leadership and our end-to-end product portfolio, which includes integrated, licensed and unlicensed small cell solutions that are tightly coupled with SON, backhaul, and the mobile packet core. For service providers, Ubiquisys supports cost effective coverage and capacity that delivers a differentiated customer experience."

The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2013.

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