“We will bring innovative financial solutions on top of cutting-edge technology to telecom service providers. We are already engaged with India’s leading telcos to get their network architectures ready for 5G,” Sanjay Kaul, president, Asia Pacific and Japan at Service Provider Business, Cisco Systems, told ET.
The technology multinational has already committed $5 billion to fund 5G networks building over the next few years to support existing and new telco customers in accelerating their deployments. Cisco, according to Kaul, is also partnering with telcos in their go-to-market (GTM) strategies to create compelling cloud-delivered offerings for enterprises of all sizes, including small-and-medium sized ones.
“In India, we have partnered with all leading service providers to help them prepare for the 5G era. We have partnered with Reliance Jio to build a first-of-its-kind, 5G-ready network. Along with Cisco, Jio aims to build the world’s largest all-IP digital services platform,” Kaul said.
In March 2020, the US networking major collaborated with Bharti Airtel to deliver a high-scale, converged IP and optical network that could reduce cost per bit significantly, and enhance service agility and customer experience. The firm aims to improve network availability and cost efficiencies for both – Jio and Airtel.