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Cisco to Buy AT&T's Favorite SON Startup

Dan Jones
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Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
1/23/2013
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Cisco Systems Inc. plans to spend US$475 million on 4G technology startup Intucell, which already has a network-wide deal with AT&T Inc. under its belt.

Intucell, based in Ra'anana, Israel, produces self-optimization network (SON) technology to improve 4G network performance. SON technology performs multiple tasks, such as automatically detecting when a site is down and routing users to the next-best cell, or enabling cells to share bandwidth when network capacity is limited.

Intucell has been working with AT&T on SON since April 2011. The operator announced in February 2012 that it would deploy the optimization techniques on its network during the year ahead.

John Donovan, senior EVP of AT&T technology and network operations, said of Intucell's technology in February 2012 that it had shown "as much as a 10 percent improvement in call retainability, 10 percent improvement in throughput speeds and 15 percent reduction in overloading."

Light Reading identified Intucell as a possible Cisco M&A target in Oct. 2012.

Why this matters
The Intucell buyout, which is expected to close in Cisco's third financial quarter of 2013, will allow the vendor to get its hooks deeper into AT&T wireless operations, to which it already supplies 3G femtocells.

The deal also gives Cisco complementary technology that is well suited to automatically manage small-cell networks, which are going to present network operators with new challenges as thousands of new radios come online.

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    1/23/2013 | 5:57:54 PM
    re: Cisco to Buy AT&T's Favorite SON Startup
    -áSounds like a management console that aggregates and displays that information would be the cherry on top.
    Craig Matsumoto
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    Craig Matsumoto,
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    1/23/2013 | 5:50:50 PM
    re: Cisco to Buy AT&T's Favorite SON Startup
    Cisco tells us Intucell is going into the same group as Cariden and BroadHop -- and, in a sense, all three do the same thing: Draw information from a particular part of the network and use it to help configure the network.-á It's all part of the SDN feedback loop.

    So, Cariden taps Layer 1/Layer 3 information, BroadHop taps policy, and Intucell taps the radio network.-á Whatever other domains exist are probably other areas Cisco would want to mine.
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    1/23/2013 | 4:05:55 PM
    re: Cisco to Buy AT&T's Favorite SON Startup
    We named Intucell as an M&A target for Cisco in October:
    http://www.lightreading.com/fe...

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