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Cisco has completed its acquisition of privately held Intucell. The Israel-based company 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.
Cisco says the acquisition enhances its 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.
Intucell enhances Cisco's ability to deliver next-generation solutions with a SON software platform that supports multi-application, multi-vendor and multi-technology capabilities and enables service providers to manage operational costs and make better use of infrastructure investments.
Intucell employees will be integrated into Cisco's Service Provider Mobility Group. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco paid approximately $475 million in cash and retention-based incentives to acquire the entire business and operations of Intucell.
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