Ericsson and Cisco Systems have signed an agreement to offer joint solutions for the wireline communications market. This nonexclusive collaboration seeks to provide carrier class IP-based solutions, including professional services, for operators and help speed the adoption of more efficient and profitable multi-service networks. It has no specific time limit.
According to Ericsson this strategic alliance builds on its corporate strengths in multi-service networks along with leading expertise in systems integration and Cisco Systems leadership in IP routing and Ethernet. Core network solutions offered under the alliance, addressing both classic telephony and new multimedia services, will be developed around Ericsson’s ENGINE softswitch portfolio and Cisco’s core routing products. A broadband access offering will be based around Public Ethernet over DSL, using Ericsson’s IP-based digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM), Ericsson’s IP Service Engine and Cisco Systems’ Ethernet Access Solutions and Ethernet Switches.
The agreement claims to bring together technical depth and market experience that offers operators unique advantages, such as accelerate revenue growth, and reduces risk as they carry out modernization of their networks. The operators Telefónica and Telstra are among the organizations who have already showed interest in involvement with the newly formed alliance, said Ericsson and Cisco.