BellSouth, Cisco Team to Offer IP Services
Duo to deliver beefed-up managed telecom services to enterprise customers in the southeastern United States.Illustrating the expanding junction of voice and data technologies, BellSouth Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. said they will collaborate to deliver beefed-up managed telecom services to enterprise customers in the southeastern United States. Under the deal, BellSouth will integrate Ciscos IP and optical networking gear into its next-generation network, making it easier for BellSouth to provide data services, such as virtual private network and Metro Ethernet. For enterprises, it will be easier to procure advanced communications, including inventory control at multiple sites, redundant networking capabilities, and remote access to corporate information, the companies said.
In the alignment with BellSouth, which is the dominant local voice services provider in the southeast, Cisco will play an expanded role in providing local and long distance network transport, equipment and maintenance and management.