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Cisco to Acquire Ubiquisys

Cisco has announced its intent to acquire privately held Ubiquisys, headquartered in Swindon, UK. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $310 million in cash and retention-based incentives to acquire Ubiquisys’ entire business and operations.

Ubiquisys provides 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) small-cell technologies that provide seamless connectivity across mobile heterogeneous networks for service providers. Its small-cell solution adds dynamic intelligence at the edge of the network, enabling service providers to better monetize and optimize their mobile networks. Ubiquisys’ indoor small-cell expertise and focus on intelligent software for licensed 3G and LTE spectrum, coupled with Cisco’s mobility portfolio and Wi-Fi expertise, will enable a comprehensive small-cell solution for service providers that support the transition to next-generation radio access networks.

According to Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Mobility Business Group, Cisco is doubling down on its small-cell business to accelerate momentum and growth in the mobility market. “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,” Ahuja stated.

Upon the close of the acquisition, Ubiquisys employees will be integrated into the Cisco Mobility Business Group. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

Qualcomm Acquires DesignArt Networks

Qualcomm has acquired DesignArt Networks, based in Ra’anana, Israel, a company that specializes in small cell modem and system design for cellular base stations and high-speed wireless backhaul infrastructure. The company’s technology also offers integrated line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight wireless backhaul to reduce the cost of outdoor small cell deployments.

With the acquisition, Qualcomm has added the DesignArt LTE and backhaul solutions to its portfolio of small cell base station technologies and Wi-Fi, Ethernet and passive optical networking connectivity solutions so its customers can benefit from the integration of small cell and Wi-Fi technologies with wireless and wireline backhaul options.

According to Craig Barratt, president of Qualcomm Atheros, in a press release, “DesignArt and its products will enhance and accelerate our initiatives to drive increased capacity and coverage in mobile networks. Operators can significantly improve user experience across residential, enterprise and outdoor networks given the greater network efficiencies derived by implementing small cells and heterogeneous networks.”

Zayo Group Completes FiberGate Acquisition

Zayo has finalized its acquisition of FiberGate for $117 million. The company has added 779 fiber route miles to its network in Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Baltimore and suburban Maryland. FiberGate exclusively offered dark fiber and Zayo plans to continue to offer dark fiber and expand the service portfolio to include bandwidth infrastructure services like wavelengths, Ethernet, IP and SONET.

FiberGate’s network connects to hundreds of government, data center and enterprise locations, Matt Erickson, president, Zayo fiber & transport infrastructure, told the Backhaul Bulletin. “The combination of Zayo’s existing 65,000-plus route mile network and FiberGate’s deep D.C. network is compelling; we expect great opportunity for growth in that area for both lit and dark fiber services,” he said.

“The FiberGate and Zayo networks are very complementary,” said Dan Caruso, chief executive officer of Zayo Group, in a company statement. “As a result of the acquisition, we will have one of the most comprehensive fiber networks in the DC area of any provider.”