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Cisco And Ericsson Team On IP Technology

Cisco's strength in routers and switches and Ericsson's muscle in softswitches will be offered to wireline service providers.

Cisco Systems' strength in routers and switches and Ericsson's muscle in softswitches will be offered to wireline service providers, according to a joint announcement Wednesday.

The non-exclusive agreement is aimed at leveraging Ericsson's relationships with telecommunications service providers and Cisco's strong market share in Ethernet products. Two major telecom service providers--Spain's Telefonica and Australia's Telstra--hailed the alliance at its inception.

Cisco and Ericsson said the carrier-class IP solutions they will provide will include professional services, noting that they will jointly define and integrate multiservice network solutions. Ericsson's greatest strength has been in wireless telecommunications technologies, and its expertise and connections in carrier markets will play to Cisco's market share in the core of the Internet.

The companies said Ericsson's IP-based DSL access multiplexer and its IP Service Engine, combined with Cisco's Ethernet offerings, will constitute one major broadband access offering.

The alliance was blessed by Telstra, whose group managing director said the collaboration will enable the Australian telecom service provider to move "cost effectively" through network evolution towards an IP/packet-based infrastructure. Cesar Alierta, Telefonica's chairman and CEO, also praised the alliance, indicating the Spanish company will use the combined Ericsson-Cisco approach to improve its IP infrastructure.

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