Cisco has acquired Swindon-based small-cell technology company Ubiquisys for $310 million (£205 million).
Ubiquisys is a leading provider of intelligent 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) small-cell technologies that aims to provide seamless connectivity across mobile networks for service providers.
Cisco says the acquisition further reinforces its commitment to service providers and strengthens its mobility expertise to deliver more intelligent mobile Internet networks.
"Cisco is ‘doubling down' on its small cell business to accelerate strong momentum and growth in the mobility market," said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Mobility Business Group.
"By acquiring Ubiquisys, we are expanding on our current mobility leadership and our end-to-end product portfolio, which includes integrated, licensed and unlicensed small cell solutions that are tightly coupled with SON, backhaul, and the mobile packet core.
"Together, Ubiquisys and Cisco will offer a differentiated connected experience to the end-user by providing service providers with a comprehensive solution that extends an intelligence layer across the mobile network.
"For service providers, Ubiquisys supports cost effective coverage and capacity that delivers a differentiated customer experience."
As mobile service providers around the world increase voice and data capacity to serve the rapidly growing use of Internet-enabled devices, offloading traffic to small cell networks is a cost-effective way to increase capacity and make better use of spectrum assets.
Small cells deliver their signal over a shorter range, which allows mobile users to get a faster, more consistent voice and data experience.
Ubiquisys' small-cell solution adds dynamic intelligence at the edge of the network, enabling service providers to better monetise and optimise their mobile networks.
The companies say that combining Ubiquisys' indoor small-cell expertise and focus on intelligent software for licensed 3G and LTE spectrum with Cisco's mobility portfolio and Wi-Fi expertise will enable a comprehensive small-cell solution for service providers that supports the transition to next-generation radio access networks.
The Ubiquisys acquisition also complements Cisco's mobility strategy after the recent acquisitions of BroadHop and Intucell, reinforcing in-house research and development such as service provider Wi-Fi and licensed radio.
These technologies will tie together the mobility architecture that leverages the intelligence of the network from the wireless edge of the network into the wired core.
The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2013.