Ericsson, Cisco extend strategic partnership to include new Wi-Fi solutions
Ericsson and Cisco are extending their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering, named Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN).
EWN combines Ericsson’s 3GPP access, core networks and applications with Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio, to provide reliable Wi-Fi with the highest performance to Ericsson’s mobile, cable and other industries customers.
The offering will include pre-integrated and verified solutions and will offer a range of benefits to include indoor small cells; operator Wi-Fi; traffic steering and core network integration.
Head of Region North America with responsibility for the strategic partnership with Cisco, Ericsson, Rima Qureshi, said: “Our strategic partnership brings together the capabilities of two leading players in networking, mobility and cloud, creating the best end-to-end solutions and opportunities for our customers. By adding Wi-Fi solutions into the partnership, we will enable our customers to offer best-in-class Wi-Fi in their networks, complemented by our leading 3GPP portfolio and services organization.”
Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Service Provider Business Unit, Cisco, Yvette Kanouff, said with Wi-Fi traffic predicted to grow to 50 per cent of the total IP traffic by 2020, a top priority for service providers is to deliver the best possible connected experiences to their customers.
The design and deployment of solutions based on the new offering will be handled by Ericsson’s services organisation, with full product support from Cisco. Ericsson’s capability to offer worldwide services will allow operators to adopt new business models and expand into new markets. EWN can be offered as a fully managed service with the global reach of more than 180 countries. This enables faster rollout times and ease of adaption of the solution.
Recall that Ericsson and Cisco – two industry leaders in the development and delivery of networking, mobility, and cloud – formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015 to create the networks of the future.
The partnership offers customers the best of both companies: routing, datacenter, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities. The next-generation strategic partnership will drive growth, accelerate innovation, and speed digital transformation demanded by customers across industries.