Cisco has completed its $310m acquisition of UK-based firm Ubiquisys as it looks to expand its network capabilities into the small cell arena.
The US network giant announced its intention to acquire the Swindon-based company in early April to help form part of its desire to be at the forefront of the firm's Internet of Everything drive so it can keep pace with connectivity demands from busineses.
Cisco UK chief executive Phil Smith told V3 at the time: “The reality is that as more devices get connected, it could be as much as 50 billion by 2020, you’re going to see a rising demand for rich connectivity as more information is downloaded and uploaded from all sorts of devices.
“Furthermore, with so many devices now being used by enterprises, both in the office and on the move there is a need to provide constant coverage that can meet workers’ needs.”
The closure of the deal will see Ubiquisys employees moved into the Cisco Mobility Business Group, reporting to Partho Mishra, vice president and general manager of the Service Provider Small Cell Technology Group. Analysts said the move was a strong one for Cisco in order to help it move into numerous new market areas.
Daryl Schoolar, principal analyst at Ovum, said: “Ubiquisys has over 50 customers (vendors and operators) that include Softbank (Japan), SFR (France), and Network Norway. Ubiquisys’ small cell experience greatly bolsters Cisco’s small cell position. The acquisition doesn’t just provide Cisco with Ubiquisys’ small cell knowhow; it also gives Cisco experience in working with a broader set of mobile operators.”
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