1h | Melanie Mingas
Self-Optimising Network (SON) technology developed by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) – including products and services created with SON – is to be acquired by HCL Technologies.
HCL said the deal would “meet the growing needs of its customers in the telecommunications industry”, including tier-one service providers globally. It is expected that several Cisco SON team members will join HCL as part of the deal over the coming months.
“HCL’s decision to make this acquisition comes in line with our Mode 3 strategy. As we expand our footprint in this space and support the mobility needs of our customers; the SON products and services will now be included in our telecommunications offerings. This will gain further importance with 5G networks,” said Sukamal Banerjee (pictured), corporate vice president, HCL Technologies.
“We are proud to lead the next phase of the Cisco SON business journey, especially regarding 5G, and look forward to supporting new and existing customers with continued innovation. We also want to extend a warm welcome to the Cisco SON team members joining HCL.”
SON technology uses ML and a set of applications to automate the Radio Access Network (RAN). It helps customers boost performance, harmonise the multiple technologies that comprise a RAN, and maximise the capabilities of existing infrastructures. Cisco said this results in reduced capital and operational expenditures.