Ericsson and Cisco Systems Inc. today signed a strategic alliance agreement to provide carrier class IP-based produ...
April 28, 2004
Ericsson and Cisco Systems Inc. today signed a strategic alliance agreement to provide carrier class IP-based products and services aimed at speeding up the adoption of more efficient multi-service networks.
“The worlds of telephony, data and multimedia communications continue to converge, and wireline carriers must deliver a wider variety of services and applications while minimizing overall network costs,” said Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO and President of Ericsson.
Dan Scheinman, senior vice president of corporate development at Cisco, said by upgrading and modernizing existing networks to multi-service networks, wireline operators can offer a wider variety of services, and at the same time, reduce costs.
“As the Service Provider market transitions toward IP-based services, the dynamics of the industry will continue to evolve,” he said. ” By combining market-leading products and technologies and simplifying the service and support model for customers, wireline operators will be in a position to fuel their own growth and profitability.”
The new products and services will be built around Cisco’s core routing products and Ericsson’s Engine Softswitch portfolio. In addition, a broadband access offering will be based around Public Ethernet over DSL using Ericsson’s IP-based digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM), its IP Service Engine and Cisco’s Ethernet Access Solutions and Ethernet switches.