Cisco Reveals Partnerships and Innovative Solutions at MWC 2024

Telecom network maker Cisco — at MWC Barcelona 2024 – has revealed it is driving innovation with open partner ecosystems, AI-enabled operations, and cross-architectural integrations to create new revenue streams, boost agility, and improve operational efficiency.
Cisco HQ“With our latest investments across mobility, service assurance, AI, and enterprise services, we are helping service providers champion enterprise innovation and digital transformation, and bridge the gap between digital and physical, between data and action, and between enterprises and a future of connected possibilities,” said Jonathan Davidson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Networking.

TELUS

Cisco and TELUS will launch 5G capabilities to serve IoT use cases for industry verticals, with a focus on connected cars.

Together, TELUS and Cisco Mobility Services Platform (IoT Control Center Service) introduced paths to enhance and simplify the driver experience and ways for car manufacturers to realize new revenue streams. TELUS expects to onboard over 1.5 million 5G standalone cars onto Cisco’s platform over the next several years.

The network will serve as a foundation to support drive testing by a major North American automotive manufacturer’s 5G Connected Car, while setting the stage for enhanced experiences for customers and revenue opportunities for carmakers.

Jodi Baxter, Vice President 5G & IoT Connectivity at TELUS, said: “We have Canada’s only dedicated IoT Core network and this partnership is an important step in supporting 5G Drive testing for vehicle manufacturers and transitioning LTE vehicles to our superior network, which will help create a safe and more connected experience.”

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Partnerships

Cisco is working with service provider partners including Airtel, AT&T, BT, XL Axiata, TELUS and others to help monetize their infrastructure to support the needs of enterprise customers with unified and seamless experiences.

Here are new examples

du Telecom

Cisco and du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications (EITC)) begin a cybersecurity transformation initiative focused on revolutionizing du’s Security Operations Center (SOC) into an advanced Cyber Defense and Intelligence Center, leveraging artificial intelligence and automation to enhance security and operational efficiency.

Saleem Alblooshi, CTO at du, said: “By leveraging Cisco’s security operations and AI capabilities, du is empowered to lead the way in cybersecurity defense, ensuring that our customers’ digital platforms are fortified against evolving threats.”

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BT

Cisco and BT have jointly developed networking innovations including tools and technologies to help customers reduce their carbon footprints, reduce costs and enhance talent recruitment.

Bas Burger, CEO of BT Business, shared that using Silicon One and Cisco’s Converged Network System, BT’s new network is remarkably efficient, using 16 percent fewer devices and 79 percent less energy than previous-generation technology.

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KDDI

Cisco was chosen by Shinwa Komaki, Japan’s top manufacturing facility, to implement Private 5G and support its networking operations. The project will support smart factories in production, process innovation, and productivity improvement.

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DISH

In a proof-of-concept trial, Cisco and DISH Wireless aim to further enhance the performance of DISH’s cloud-powered 5G network by enabling automated distribution of network traffic to accelerate the delivery of new enterprise services, increase network flexibility and scale, and improve operational efficiencies.

Sidd Chenumolu, Vice President of Technology Development at DISH Wireless, said: “This trial with Cisco aims to prove how DISH has future-proofed its network and can more efficiently manage network slices in a hybrid cloud environment, assuring business customers can provide the trust and reliability they need most to connect more people and things everywhere.”

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has introduced Connected Workplace, a network-as-a-service solution that brings together 5G Business Internet, Cisco Meraki devices, and managed services so businesses can seamlessly and securely connect their branches and retail stores.

Mishka Dehghan, SVP, Strategy, Product, and Solutions Engineering, T-Mobile Business Group, said: “With Connected Workplace, we’ve brought together Cisco best-in-class Meraki network technologies with our award-winning 5G network to make it easier for businesses to streamline their network infrastructure, ease the burden on IT and improve operations.”

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Demonstrations

NTT DATA: Cisco Private 5G and AI driven vision

Deloitte: Cisco Private 5G using an Airspan radio, focusing on an automated guided vehicle (AGV) use case

Orange: Sport All IP

HCLTech: Cisco Private 5G with collaboration and expert on demand

Nokia: Cisco Private 5G using a validated Nokia radio

Intel: Cisco Private 5G using a neutral wireless radio, focusing on manufacturing and AI use cases. More details here.

Product and Solution Demos

This year, Cisco is showcasing a re-think of the network with solution integrations that offer operational simplicity while driving monetization, network optimization, and sustainability through programmable, open, secure, and flexible solutions.

Demos include Routed Optical Networking infrastructure, as-a-service offerings delivered through the Cisco Mobility Services Platform, Unified Management and Insight options across Cisco Catalyst and Meraki platforms, and more.

Baburajan Kizhakedath