Cisco Buys 4G Network Self-Optimizing Firm
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced its intent to acquire privately held Intucell. Headquartered in Ra'anana, Israel, Intucell provides advanced self-optimizing network (SON) software, which enables mobile carriers to plan, configure, manage, optimize and heal cellular networks automatically, according to real-time changing network demands. The acquisition of Intucell enhances Cisco's commitment to global service providers by adding a critical network intelligence layer to manage and optimize spectrum, coverage and capacity, and ultimately the quality of the mobile experience. The proliferation of connected mobile devices, faster network speeds, and growing demand for high-bandwidth applications and services are driving greater network traffic and complexity. As mobile service providers continue to face increased end-user demand, the need to optimize network bandwidth, usage and services is increasing. Intucell's SON software platform addresses these challenges by examining the network, identifying issues in real time, and intelligently adapting the network to meet demand. With the evolution of LTE 4G networks, mobile operators are increasingly looking for a more cost effective and efficient way to keep up with demand for bandwidth and reduce complexity. Intucell enhances Cisco's ability to deliver next-generation solutions with a SON software platform that supports multi-application, multi-vendor and multi-technology capabilities and enables service providers to manage operational costs and make better use of infrastructure investments. Cisco Systems Inc.