Small cells

Cisco Buying Ubiquisys for $310M

Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday morning that it will buy Ubiquisys for US$310 million in cash and retention-based incentives to give it a complete 3G and 4G small cell portfolio.

Cisco has been rumored to be looking for more small cell smarts for some time now. Instead of its long-time partner ip.access, however, it has chosen to buy another major U.K.-based startup as it moves towards 4G LTE small cells. (See Rumor: Cisco Seeks Small-Cells Smarts.)

Analysts see Cisco as a potential candidate to supply operators like Verizon Wireless with 4G small cells. The vendor, however, hasn't introduced a 4G offering yet. (See Cisco: A Verizon 4G Small Cell Provider?)

Cisco is already big in the 3G femtocell market with the AT&T Inc. microcell. The vendor has been working with the operator on that device, developed with ip.access, since September 2009. (See Cisco Claims AT&T Femto as Its Own.)

Apparently, Cisco now considers Ubiquisys its best buy to move ahead into a 4G small cell future. The deal is expected to close by the fourth quarter of this year.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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