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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cisco plans to buy UK femtocell producer Ubiquisys

Global I.T. business Cisco says it intends to acquire UK-based Ubiquisys, which produces 3G and 4G femtocells that boost mobile phone coverage indoors.

Cisco is paying around $310 million (£206 million) for the Ubiquisys business. Ubiquisys employees will then join the Cisco Mobility Business Group. The deal is expected to be completed this summer.

Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager 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.”

Two other mobile-related businesses have recently been acquired by Cisco; BroadHop and Intucell, both of which provide network management solutions.

[Cisco blog]

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