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Cisco and Ericsson will help C&W transform Caribbean networking

Ericsson and Cisco have teamed up to supply and install IP networks for Cable & Wireless (C&W) in three Caribbean markets.

The partnership will upgrade the IP backbone network in the Bahamas in a bid to improve performance and support increase of traffic. Meanwhile, Jamaica and Barbados will gain a new business-to-business IP/MPLS network.

It’s all part of C&W’s plan to transform the customer experience in the region, with Ericsson providing the project management services and Cisco the necessary hardware such as routers and switches (ASR9000, ASR900 and WR4500 families), supply and installation of NMS system (EPN-M), overall project management, and customer support.

C&W executive vice-president Carlo Alloni said: “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.”

Mr Alloni went on to say that the partnership will help them deliver even more value-added services including IPTV (internet protocol television) services, as well as introduce more innovative solutions to customers.

Jordi Botifoll, Cisco president in Latin America and senior vice president in the Americas, said that joining forces with Ericsson resulted in the required breadth, depth and lifecycle engagement to help C&W succeed in their transformation to an IP-centric network.

“Working together on this project will lead C&W to a standardised 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,” he added.

Ericsson and Cisco - both major players in the development and delivery of networking, mobility and cloud - originally formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015 with the aim of creating the networks of the future and offer the best in routing, data center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities.

The combined business announced its first product, Ericsson Dynamic Service Manager, in February and so far, over 200 customer engagements have turned into won deals with 3 Italy, Vodafone Portugal and Aster Dominican Republic.

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