AT&T introduced the Cisco Cius 4G tablet for enterprise customers on the same day the carrier said it will invest $1 billion in developing cloud-computing technologies.
rolling out Cisco Systems' Cius Tablet, an additional mobile component to its
growing business-geared mobile ecosystem.
arrive in the fall and to run on AT&T's 4G HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet
Access) network, the Cius features a 7-inch, high-resolution multi-touch
display and runs the Google Android operating system.
Cisco Cius further extends our leading portfolio of enterprise mobility
devices, and this is the latest example of our commitment to helping
organizations of all sizes increase business velocity," Shawn Conroy, vice
president of voice, collaboration and unified communications services in
AT&T's Business Solutions Division, said in a May 11 statement.
pounds and measuring 8.85 by 5.5 by 0.59 inches, the Cius can fit in a suit
pocket or briefcase on the go, and in the office, can be docked in an optional
high-definition media station. The tablet supports Adobe Flash technology, has
front- and rear-facing cameras, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G/4G connectivity,
microUSB and standard USB ports and 32GB of internal flash memory.
Depending on a
business' preferences, access to applications on the Cius can be open or
controlled, and other business-friendly features include interoperable HD video
communications, conferencing capabilities and desktop virtualization.
can send emails, messages and browse the Web, as well as create, edit, share
and store content locally on the device or centrally in the cloud,"
according to AT&T. "Voice and video calls are supported in wired
The Cius will
be able to run Android applications, as well as those created by AT&T and
Cisco, in collaboration with the AT&T Foundry. With locations in
California, Texas and Israel, AT&T describes the Foundry as an open
environment that "enables a range of innovation that includes
applications, devices, cloud services, enabling technologies and operation
increasingly crowded tablet market, the Cius will compete most directly with
Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook, the only tablet to so far make
overtures toward enterprise customers. (To the Cius' advantage, the PlayBook-while
called convenient, handsome and "coherently designed"-has been criticized for its necessary close relationship
with a BlackBerry smartphone.)
Along with the
Cius, AT&T announced May 11 that it plans to spend nearly $1 billion
in 2011 on
next-generation services for businesses. Its planned investment areas include
mobility solutions and connected devices, cloud-based services, global
enterprise networking, small business services and a particular focus on the
health care industry. The new services, it explained in a press statement, are
made possible by the "unprecedented proliferation of high-speed wired and wireless
networks, smart mobile-computing devices and network-based applications."
also trying to buy competitor T-Mobile, whose spectrum holdings would enable
AT&T to extend 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) coverage to 97 percent of the
U.S. population. This would, of course, also support its cloud-based efforts and
devices such as the Cius and-AT&T has argued-support the Obama
Administration's efforts to connect more Americans to the Internet, in an
effort to promote new jobs and economic growth.
mobilizing the day-to-day activities of our business and government customers,
helping them act quicker for maximum agility and profitability,"
AT&T's Conroy said in the statement.
yet to announce pricing details for the Cius tablet.