NEC and Cisco partner to advance 5G IP transport networks deployment

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NEC and Cisco have announced entering into a new Global System Integrator Agreement (GSIA) to expand their partnership for accelerating the deployment of innovative 5G IP transport network solutions worldwide.

Under the new agreement, the two companies will jointly drive new business opportunities for 5G technology. NEC group companies will work closely with Cisco to complement NEC’s ecosystem with optimised IP metro/access transport and edge cloud computing solutions. Cisco will support NEC’s customer engagements by offering best-in-class products, proposals and execution support.

5G Internet for the future

“Carry the internet into the next decade.”

Jonathan Davidson, Cisco.

"We believe 5G is fuelling the internet for the future, and accelerating our customers’ digital transformations," said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. "Together with NEC, we are creating a powerful force to drive the critical changes needed in networking infrastructure to carry the internet into the next decade."

Innovative 5G solutions portfolio

NEC has a successful track record as a Cisco Gold Partner – having proven, over two decades, its engineering capabilities to provide Cisco products to its global customer base across multiple regions. Indeed, NEC’s expertise as a network integrator in both the IT and network domains, coupled with Cisco’s innovative 5G solutions portfolio, make the GSIA of particular interest as it looks set to promise of provide significant added value to the 5G ecosystem.

The companies will make collaborative efforts to further enhance their joint solution portfolio and to optimise regional activities for advancing the digital transformation of customers across the globe.

“Strengthens our global competitiveness as a network integrator that drives the customer journey with innovative solutions.”

Mayuko Tatewaki, NEC Corporation.

"Collaboration across the network solution ecosystem is essential for continued success in meeting diversified customer requirements and establishing a win-win relationship," said Mayuko Tatewaki, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC Corporation. "This powerful partnership strengthens our global competitiveness as a network integrator that drives the customer journey with innovative solutions," he continued.

This new partnership is the latest for Cisco – only last month the company announced it was working with the University of Strathclyde and Scotland 5G Centre on the 5G Cloud Core network for Scotland. The tech giant will help underpin the development of 5G connectivity in Scotland using Cisco Cloud Services Stack for Mobility, based on Cisco Ultra Cloud Core.

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