Cisco, Ericsson Team Up for IP
Cisco and Ericsson have agreed to offer IP-based services and consulting to telecom carriers.Cisco Systems Inc. and L.M. Ericsson have agreed to integrate equipment and service offerings to spur telecommunications carriers to offer a wider range of data, voice and video services over IP. Under a strategic alliance announced today, the companies together will provide IP-based services and consulting to telecom carriers. The move comes as equipment manufacturers press network operators to hasten their migration to IP-based delivery. Many of the largest telecom carriers have been moving slowly in upgrading their networks from circuit-switching to packet-switching, despite efforts by manufacturers to trumpet the cost-savings and efficiency benefits of converged networking.
"Ciscos expertise in Internet and networking technologies makes us the natural choice for service providers seeking to integrate IP-based technologies into their networks," said Cisco President and CEO Jon Chambers, upon announcing the alliance.