Could Cisco Take Market Share from Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NSN with Ubiquisys Small Cell Acquisition?

Cisco Completes Mobile Infrastructure Portfolio

May 03, 2013, 08:50 ET from Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco's recently announced acquisition of small cell provider Ubiquisys positions the IP vendor to compete head-to-head with Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NSN and other mobile infrastructure vendors. Cisco has been steadily building and acquiring elements of mobile infrastructure for over a decade, and the Ubiquisys solutions along with acquisition of Intucell for Self Optimizing Network (SON) software and Radio Access Network (RAN) multi-vendor HetNet management, nearly completes the portfolio.

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"The advent of 'All IP' networking has changed the game and next generation 4G LTE has opened the door for traditional Internet players like Cisco to provide complete End-to-End (E2E) solutions in a market previously dominated by traditional equipment manufacturers like Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and NSN," noted Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics Director Service Provider Analysis. "Cisco has evolved a very complete set of mobile infrastructure components. The challenge is whether it can fully integrate these elements to convince mobile operators that they are now the preferred prime vendor."

"Several recent customer wins indicate that operators are willing to consider Cisco's 'Elastic Architecture'," added Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Director Wireless Networks & Platforms. "Deutsche Telekom (DT) has a Croatian subsidiary that is testing Cisco in the first phase of DT's 'TeraStream Architecture'. Cisco has partnered very successfully with its operator customers but will need to pre-integrate and test solutions with other vendors to truly compete as the prime contractor and benefit from related service margins."

In a major new report Strategy Analytics examines the full range of Cisco's mobile infrastructure capabilities across Mobile Core, Edge, Policy and Control and now RAN. Did Cisco just add the final pieces to the Mobile Infrastructure puzzle?

RAN small cells and multi-vendor HetNet management could complete the Jigsaw Puzzle for Cisco

The Strategy Analytics Wireless Networks and Platforms Provider (WNP) service report, 'Complete Mobile Infrastructure Player? Did Cisco just add final piece to Mobile Jigsaw Puzzle?' addresses:

  • The impact of Cisco's recent acquisition of Ubiquisys
  • How Cisco's 'Elastic Architecture' integrates solutions from earlier acquisitions - Intucell, Aironet, Starent, etc.
  • Whether the addition of RAN capability makes Cisco a full spectrum Mobile Infrastructure supplier
  • How competition will play out between the Telecomms Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) Ericsson, Huawei, Alcatel Lucent, NSN and Cisco?

A complimentary executive overview of the 30 page report is available at 'Overview: Cisco the New End-to-End Mobile Infrastructure Player?'

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