Top 4 telecom operators sign Cisco for IP transformation

Telecom Lead India:
Four telecom operators in the Asia Pacific region have signed up with Cisco for
IP transformation.

The deal reflects Cisco’s growing presence in the telecom
service provider business in the region.

We signed agreements with top 4 telecom operators in the
region for their IP transformation,” said Jeff White, VP of service provider
business, Cisco APJC.

Due to confidentiality reasons, the networking major did not
disclose the names of these operators.

Cisco has a strong presence in Indian telecom market. It
works with Bharti Airtel, Tata Teleservices, etc.

At present, service provider business generates majority
revenue to Cisco in the Asia Pacific market.

Cisco competes with Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks,
Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE and Huawei in the service provider segment.

Though Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE
and Huawei are end-to-end telecom infrastructure players, Cisco is not keen to
become an end-to-end player by offering radio and tower solutions which are
currently missing in Cisco portfolio.

We are the leading IP player in the global markets.
Operators are looking for best technologies and solutions, we will continue to
dominate in these areas. The shift from voice to data will assist us in gaining
more market share,” White added.

Focus on IP is expected to strengthen Cisco’s service
provider business as major companies are focusing on LTE 4G.

Cisco identified the scope of Wi-Fi 2-3 years ago. Cisco
will continue to dominate the Wi-Fi market with more solutions.

To strengthen their Wi-Fi presence among telecom operators, Ericsson
bought BelAir and Nokia Siemens Networks announced its association with Ruckus

Cisco’s telecom service provider business strategy will
revolve around optimization, operational excellence, innovation and network

Cisco’s recent acquisitions are also aimed at strengthening
its service provider business.

Recently, Cisco completed the acquisition of Lightwire that develops
optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking applications. The
acquisition is expected to allow Cisco to deliver cost-effective, high-speed
networks with the next generation of optical connectivity.

Cisco also acquired ClearAccess. The acquisition enhances
Cisco’s network management capabilities and enables service providers to better
deliver, manage and monetize their services.

Cisco’s latest innovations are also assisting the global
networking major to step up pressure on traditional telecom equipment makers.

Cisco recently updated its cloud-ready switching portfolio
to enhance network virtualization with simplicity and scale.

Cisco announced the validation of its coherent 100G dense
wavelength division multiplexing solution, exceeding 3,000 km in reach without
the need for regeneration. This distance is 50 percent farther than any
non-Raman alternative solution on the market today.

Cisco also introduced the industry’s first carrier-grade,
end-to-end Wi-Fi infrastructure to deliver next-generation hotspots. The
technology is designed to deliver seamless mobile experiences and enables
operators to support a continuing expansion of mobile traffic, devices and new

Cisco introduced new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with
app-enabled capabilities for new home experiences. The three new routers offer
wireless performance and support for Cisco Connect Cloud.

Cisco announced it expanded its small business product
portfolio with new wireless access points, routers, switches, unified
communications and partner-managed service offerings.

Cisco reported third quarter net sales of $11.6 billion.

Recently, Cisco CEO John Chambers said: “In a world of
clouds, video and mobile device proliferations, the role of the intelligent
network has never been greater and our value proposition with our customers is
the strongest it has ever been. Our vision and strategy is focused on the right
market transitions, and I want to thank our shareholders, employees, customers
and partners for their ongoing commitment to Cisco.”