Cisco, with major operations in Atlanta, has announced its intent to acquire Ra’anana-based Intucell that has its US headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia. Upon the close in the third quarter, Intucell employees will be integrated into Cisco’s Service Provider Mobility Group, and under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $475 million in cash and retention-based incentives.
Intucell provides advanced self-optimizing network (SON) software which enables mobile carriers to plan, configure, manage, optimize and heal cellular networks automatically, according to real-time changing network demands. As mobile service providers continue to face increased end-user demand, the need to optimize network bandwidth, usage and services is increasing. Intucell’s SON software platform addresses these challenges by examining the network, identifying issues in real time, and intelligently adapting the network to meet demand. The acquisition of Intucell enhances Cisco’s commitment to global service providers by adding a critical network intelligence layer to manage and optimize spectrum, coverage and capacity, and ultimately the quality of the mobile experience.
“The mobile network of the future must be able to scale intelligently to address growing and often unpredictable traffic patterns, while also enabling carriers to generate incremental revenue streams,” said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Mobility Group. “Through the addition of Intucell’s industry-leading SON technology, Cisco’s service provider mobility portfolio provides operators with unparalleled network intelligence and the unique ability to not only accommodate exploding network traffic, but to profit from it.”
Intucell was founded in 2008 by CEO Rani Wellingstein who has many years of senior management experience in the telecommunications industry. Previously, he was a founder and vice president of Celltick Technologies, a world leader in mobile broadcast, and before that was general manager and a founding member of NKO, a pioneer in IP telephony, and led its sale to ECI Telecom in 1998.