Cisco has begun the process of acquiring Intucell, an Israeli mobile network infrastructure firm, for $475m (£300m).
Intucell, which was founded in 2008, provides MNOs with self-optimizing network (SON) solutions, which enable operators to plan, manage and optimize mobile networks automatically, according to real-time changing network demands.
"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."
The acquisition is expected to close in Q3, 2013.