Cisco announced this week, its intention to acquire privately held femtocell vendor Ubiquisys for $310 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of Cisco’s fiscal 2013. Once the deal closes Ubiquisys employees will become part of the Cisco Service Provider Mobility Group, reporting to Partho Mishra, vice president and general manager, Service Provider Small Cell Technology Group.
The need of indoor small cells is the key value proposition that Ubiquisys is going after. With indoor small cells, there is a stronger mobile signal for users, delivering better voice and data performance.
The Ubiquisys portfolio includes small cell solutions for indoor public access, enterprise, residential and outdoor rural deployments. From a feature perspective, Ubiquisys devices including a capability known as ActiveSON (Self-Organizing Network). The SON is a mesh-like construct that can enable multiple devices to be connected to together to provide better capacity and coverage.