Cisco is snapping up its fifth acquisition of the year with U.K.-based femtocell maker Ubiquisys, a maker of 3G and LTE small-cell technologies, for $310 million.
The mostly all-cash deal will absorb Ubiquisys employees as part of Cisco’s Small Cell Technology Group. The deal is expected to close by the end of Cisco’s fourth quarter 2013, ending in August this year.
Ubiquisys specializes in small-cell technologies, such as femtocells, which use licensed cellular spectrum to help patch together coverage for 3G and LTE for carriers. Carriers are moving into small cells, which can be mounted on light poles or placed indoors.
Small cells are a big deal. AT&T plans to install 40,000 small cells in the next few years. Cisco is clearly positioning itself to compete with Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia-Siemens and others.
Cisco recently bought cloud-controlled, mesh networking pioneer Meraki for $1.2 billion as well as Israel-based mobile software firm Intucell for $475 million, cyber threat protection company Cognitive Security, and cloud services firm SolveDirect.
Sprint will deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio Metro Cells to augment coverage in high-traffic areas.
The Alcatel-Lucent 9768 Metrocell (left) integrates two lightRadio cubes and a full-sector remote radio head into a single compact unit. Sprint is deploying LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum this year and will start deploying LTE on its 800MHz spectrum in 2014.
Sprint may also use Clear’s TD-LTE-A service (at 2.6 GHz), which is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2013, for additional spectrum in high density urban cores. Clearwire will use Samsung and
Huawei gear to upgrade its WiMAX network to TD-LTE.
Samsung will help Sprint develop their Small Cell Network Infrastructure. Samsung’s small cells will allow Sprint to consolidate multiple legacy networks and spectrum bands in a single platform,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile.
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