Cisco, Ericsson Team Up for IP

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Cisco and Ericsson have agreed to offer IP-based services and consulting to telecom carriers.

Cisco Systems Inc. and L.M. Ericsson have agreed to integrate equipment and service offerings to spur telecommunications carriers to offer a wider range of data, voice and video services over IP.

Under a strategic alliance announced today, the companies together will provide IP-based services and consulting to telecom carriers. The move comes as equipment manufacturers press network operators to hasten their migration to IP-based delivery.

Many of the largest telecom carriers have been moving slowly in upgrading their networks from circuit-switching to packet-switching, despite efforts by manufacturers to trumpet the cost-savings and efficiency benefits of converged networking.

"Cisco's expertise in Internet and networking technologies makes us the natural choice for service providers seeking to integrate IP-based technologies into their networks," said Cisco President and CEO Jon Chambers, upon announcing the alliance.

The companies announced that Telefonica de Argentina S.A. and Telstra Corp. Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia, have shown interest in the new alliance.

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