Cisco continued filling its shopping bag with various technology firms \u2013 this time saying it intended to acquire cloud native mobile core developer Working Group Two (WG2) for an undisclosed amount.\nThe WG2 buy is Cisco\u2019s fifth since June and its nineth this year.\u00a0 WG2 is known for its mobile technology that helps public and private service providers and enterprise customers build secure and scalable mobile backbones.\nThe technology will become part of Cisco\u2019s Mobility Services platform which offers a full-stack cloud-native converged core network and distributed edge support.\nIntroduced in February, the Mobility Service is designed to simplify how service providers build, manage, and deliver new mobile services globally at scale and supports a variety of technologies to bring 5G, edge, and cloud technologies, Cisco says.\n\u201cCisco Mobility Services offers simplified solutions offered as-a-Service to deliver advanced mobile IoT use-cases at scale, such as connected cars and connected distributed utilities, demanding secure, high bandwidth, low latency services from the carrier edge,\u201d wrote Masum Mir senior vice president and general manager for Cisco Networking\u2019s Provider Mobility business in a blog about the acquisition.\n\u201cBuilt for simplicity, innovation, and efficiency, WG2\u2019s platform uses the web-scale playbook and operating models, which makes it a natural fit with our Mobility Services Platform,\u201d Mir wrote.\u00a0 \u201cAnd with WG2 and the Cisco Mobility Services Platform, we\u2019ll be able to boost our service edge deployment and API first strategy for application development partners, enterprise customers and service provider partners.\u201d\n\u201cWG2\u2019s expertise in the mobile space brings capabilities crucial to the enterprise market including complete authentication, provisioning, voice, messaging, and data services, all of which will be rolled into our existing Control Center offers,\u201d Mir stated. \u201cThe end result is a mobility services platform that can dramatically simplify Mobile network deployments, provide enhanced edge experiences, enable new and advanced use cases, as well as support simple application development.\u201d\nCisco is quite familiar with WG2\u2019s technology having helped fund and back the firm, which was part of mobile telecom vendor Telenor until it spun out in 2017. Cisco and WG2 have been offering an AWS-hosted cloud-managed mobile network since 2019.\nThe acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of Cisco\u2019s FY24.\nCisco\u2019s most recent acquisition target was startup Border Gateway Protocol monitoring firm Code BGP.\u00a0 Privately held Code BGP will ultimately become part of Cisco\u2019s ThousandEyes network intelligence product portfolio and bring a cloud-based platform that among other features,\u00a0 maintains an inventory of IP address prefixes, peerings and outbound policies of an organization via configured sources, like BGP feeds. BGP tells Internet traffic what route to take, and the BGP best-path selection algorithm determines the optimal routes to use for traffic forwarding.\nIn July Cisco announced its intention to acquire security startup Oort for an undisclosed amount. Oort offers an identity threat detection and response platform for enterprise security.\u00a0\nCisco also recently announced plans to acquire privately held broadband-network monitoring company SamKnows for an undisclosed amount.\nSamKnows uses a global network of software agents dispersed among home systems, mobile devices and service provider networks, for example, to get a real-time measurement of internet performance and customer experience. Through a central dashboard, the company can analyze the results, spot faults, and identify the root cause of problems to help with remediation.\nAnother fresh deal is Cisco's planned acquisition of Accedian Networks for an undisclosed price. Accedian's performance analysis and monitoring platform \u2013 aimed at mobile backhaul, data center services, service providers and cloud connectivity customers \u2013 provides network visibility, diagnoses problems and recommends remediation.\nCisco\u2019s other acquisitions this year include Armorblox for large language models, Smartlook for mobile application monitoring, Lightspin for cloud security, and Valtix for cloud network security.