Cisco Expands Small Cells Efforts With Partner, Operator Program
The networking vendor's Small Cell Enterprise Select hooks up channel partners with mobile operators to speed delivery to enterprises.Cisco Systems is introducing a new program designed to make it easier for partners and mobile service providers to more quickly bring small cells technology to enterprises. Cisco's new Small Cell Enterprise Select is designed to bring together third-party channel partners that already have been selling Cisco indoor WiFi technology offerings to end users with mobile network operators that are looking for new services for enterprises, according to officials with the giant networking vendor. "We're approaching the small cell market in a new and unique way that will keep costs down while allowing deployments to scale, creating the environment needed for enterprise small cells to cross the adoption curve chasm," Ed Change, vice president of Cisco's Small Cell Technology Group, said in a statement. "Cisco and our partners have the radio frequency expertise, enterprise relationships, and the self-organizing network technology mobile operators need to quickly and easily deploy small cells indoors." Small cells are seen as a way of helping businesses handle the growing challenges of in-building mobile Internet connectivity and an increasingly mobile workforce by improving the speed and capacity of the wireless network. The concerns will only come into sharper focus with the growing expansion of LTE 4G wireless and the looming move to 5G on the horizon.
In addition, Internet traffic will increasingly become more mobile, according to numbers from Cisco's Visual Networking Index. Only 4 percent of global business traffic was mobile in 2013, though that will grow to 14 percent by 2018.