Re: Can't have the Chinese take over from US spying, old chap
Minor correction, Cisco have attempted to buy their way into the cell phone tech market. Acquisitions I'm familiar with are:
a) Ubiquisys - a $400m failure to buy into the small cell market, attempting to piggy back their wifi into them
b) Starent - a core network equipment vendor - I'm not entirely sure of the status of that
At one time Cisco was a supplier of GGSN's (and possibly SGSNs too) for the packet data core network of a mobile network, which are basically carrier grade routers with some extras on top implemented in s/w. No idea if they have updated their offering into the LTE and 5G domains, and I've no idea how successful they were in the earlier G's.
True, though, that the "raw" mobile network kit are those companies, and they've swallowed or killed others such as Alcatel(-Lucent), Motorola & Siemens, and there are other minor players out there