Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) have partnered with Cable & Wireless Communications plc (C&W) to supply IP networks in three Caribbean markets. Under the agreement, Cisco will provide the hardware and Ericsson will offer project management services for C&W’s investment plan for the region, which includes an IP backbone network upgrade in the Bahamas to support higher traffic and improved performance, as well as the installation of a new B2B IP/MPLS network in Barbados and Jamaica.
“We needed a powerful and intelligent solution to bring IP networking to both Jamaica and Barbados, while at the same time improving the IP network in the Bahamas,” Carlo Alloni, executive vice-president and CTIO of C&W, stated in the news release. “This partnership will allow us to offer even more value-added services including our world class IPTV services as well as introduce more innovative solutions to our customers.”
By working with both Cisco and Ericcson, C&W will be aptly positioned to accelerate and improve offerings.
“Cisco and Ericsson working together have the combined breadth, depth and lifecycle engagement required to help operators like Cable & Wireless succeed in their transformation to an IP-centric network,” said Jordi Botifoll, Cisco president of Latin America and senior vice president in the Americas. “Working together on this project will lead Cable & Wireless to a standardized approach across other markets, so that all their business-to-business and IP fixed networks will be supported by IP/MPLS, helping them do things better and faster.”
Clayton Cruz, vice president of Ericsson Latin America and Caribbean, echoed the sentiment, nothing the synergy of the project.
“Our teams complemented each other with the right approach, from network analysis and planning to systems integration and customer support from Ericsson, to selecting the right routers and switches from Cisco, and finally ensuring the right flow along every step with Ericsson services,” he said. “The partnership has delivered real value to Cable & Wireless in terms of accelerating their IP transformation by combining end-to-end business transformation competence and experience with deep product and domain expertise.”
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