Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cisco to Acquire Ubiquisys for Small Cell Expertise

Cisco will acquire privately held Ubiquisys, a developer of 3G and LTE small cell technologies, for $310 million in cash and retention-based incentives,

Ubiquisys, which is headquartered in Swindon, U.K., offers a line of small cell base stations for enterprises, indoor public access, residential, and outdoor rural applications.  The products listen to neighbouring cells continuously, adapting to changes to ensure optimum user experience with no interference problems. Ubiquisys also features adaptive techniques that enable public access metrocells to match macro network service quality KPIs when deployed in capacity hotspots.

Cisco said the acquisition will expand its mobility portfolio with indoor small cells across radio networks. The deal builds on Cisco's recent acquisitions of Intucell and Broadhop (part of Cisco Quantum mobility software suite). Ubiquisys' technology will further bolster Cisco's mobility solutions by adding dynamic intelligence at the end of the network via small cells providing mobile users with a more reliable voice and data experience.

"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."

Ubiquisys investors include Accel Partners, Advent Venture Partners, Atlas Venture, 5 Continents Consulting Group (5CCG), Pacific Venture Partners, SerComm Corporation, UMC Capital Corporation, Yasuda Enterprise Development Co and T-Mobile Venture Fund.

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