JDSU buys Arieso to gain entry into SON, RAN and small cells

JDSU is paying $85 million cash to gain Arieso's expertise in location-aware software solutions, small cell siting and network optimization.

The acquisition of U.K.-based Arieso will help JSDU--a network test and performance assurance company headquartered in Milpitas, Calif.--extend its visibility from the network core through the radio access network (RAN) to the subscriber location, helping to maximize the benefits of offloading data from macrocells to small cells. Arieso's software identifies "ideal locations for small cells and other self-optimizing network (SON) enhancements with surgical precision," said JSDU.

JDSU said it will integrate Arieso's products with its own solutions, such as JDSU's PacketPortal open software platform.

The complementary fit between Arieso and JDSU will enable the companies "to extend the customer-centric location-aware approach into the service and application domains, allowing mobile network operators to take a truly holistic approach to driving customer experience improvements," said Shirin Dehghan, Arieso's CEO. She founded Areiso in 2002.

The RAN optimization and SON markets are anticipated to grow from $700 million today to more than $1 billion by 2015, said JDSU, which noted Arieso's bookings for 2012 were approximately $27 million.

According to The Mobile Network, investors that funded Arieso over the years include Qualcomm Ventures, Add Partners, Oxford Capital Partners and Carbon Trust.

For more:
- see this JDSU release
- see The Mobile Network article
- see this GigaOM article
- see this telecoms.com article

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