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Cisco To Buy Ubiquisys

Try saying Ubiquisys 10 times fast; surely that little tongue-twister will disappear now that Cisco has decided to buy the place

Go ahead try saying Ubiquisys 10 times fast.

Surely that little tongue-twister will disappear now that Cisco has decided to buy the place. Surely $310 million in cash and retention bonuses will fetch it rechristening rights and make the receptionist happy.

The mighty switch house said Wednesday that it means to purchase the British company – which doubtless uses an Oxford rather than a Harvard Latin pronunciation when saying its name – to strengthen its hand in mobile.

See, Ubiquisys supplies service providers with intelligent 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) small-cell technologies that offer seamless connectivity across heterogeneous mobile networks.


Cisco Systems held a very successful "Kickstart-to-Cloud" Workshop at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley in November 2012

Cisco says that offloading the surging Internet traffic to small-cell networks is a cost-effective way to increase capacity and make better use of spectrum assets.

Small cells deliver their signal over a shorter range, which is supposed to give mobile users – figure homes and small businesses – a faster, more consistent voice and data experience.

Ubiquisys’ small-cell solution adds dynamic intelligence at the edge of the network so SPs can monetize better and optimize their mobile networks.

Ubiquisys’ indoor small-cell expertise and focus on intelligent software for the licensed 3G and LTE spectrum will be coupled with Cisco’s mobility portfolio and Wi-Fi expertise to create a comprehensive small-cell solution for SPs that supports the transition to next-generation radio access networks.

Together, Ubiquisys and Cisco are supposed to offer a differentiated connected experience to the end user by providing SPs with a solution that extends an intelligence layer across the mobile network.

Kelly Ahuja, the head of Cisco’s Mobility Business Group, said “Cisco is ‘doubling down’ on its small-cell business to accelerate strong momentum and growth in the mobility market. 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 Ubiquisys acquisition is supposed to complement Cisco’s recent acquisitions of Denver-based BroadHop and Israeli-based Intucell, which went for $475 million, reinforcing in-house R&D such as service provider Wi-Fi and licensed radio.

Cisco says these technologies will tie together the mobility architecture that leverages the intelligence of the network from the wireless edge-of-the- network into the wired core.

When the acquisition closes, probably by the end of July, Ubiquisys employees will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Mobility Group, reporting to Partho Mishra, head of the Service Provider Small Cell Technology Group.

Ubiquisys has 50 vendor and operator clients, according to Ovum.

Its investors include Accel Partners, Pacific Venture Partners and the T- Mobile Venture Fund, which collectively put $81 million into the start-up.

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