Cisco buys UK ‘small cell’ technology vendor Ubiquisys

Cisco has announced its intention to acquire Ubiquisys, a UK-based company whose technology allows mobile telecommunications providers to boost their 3G and LTE signals.

Ubiquisys sell so-called "small cell" technology, which allows carriers to set up local, short-range networks, delivering a "faster, more consistent voice and data experience," Cisco said.

In a statement on Wednesday, Cisco said the acquisition would strengthen its ties with wireless carriers and allow it to deliver more "intelligent" mobile Internet networks to help cope with growing data volumes.

Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Mobility Business Group, said the company was "doubling down" on its small cell business speed up 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," Ahuja said.

"For service providers, Ubiquisys supports cost effective coverage and capacity that delivers a differentiated customer experience."

Cisco has acquired a number of wireless telecommunications equipment providers lately, including network policy control support supplier Broadhop and network optimisation software developer Intucell.

In its most recent financial quarter, Cisco's wireless division brought in $520 million, or 4.3%, of total sales.

Ed Reeves

Ed Reeves co-founded Moneypenny with his sister Rachel Clacher in 2000. The company handles more than 9 million calls a year for 7,000 UK businesses and employs almost 400 members of staff. Reeves remains...

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