Cisco, NEC Eye 5G Connectivity, Automation to Networks

Cisco and NEC Corporation have announced plans to expand their collaboration efforts to include system integration solutions and potential opportunities. Particularly, the partnership targets 5G xHaul and private 5G to help customers transform their architecture and connect more people and things.

End-to-End 5G xHaul Automation  

Cisco and NEC have expanded areas of collaboration under their Global Systems Integrator Agreement (GSIA). Most importantly, with augmented solutions for scalable 5G xHaul transport networks, such as enhanced capabilities for end-to-end automation and routed optical networking to support operators’ monetization of 5G.

Following the initial signing of the GSIA two years ago, the companies combined their respective strengths to expand geographical coverage of their solutions with stronger, faster connections for global operators such as Telefónica Vivo. With increasing traffic surges, demand for faster time to market with assured quality. In addition, the need to innovate from transport to the edge, the companies have agreed to expand areas of collaboration including enhanced automation and routed optical networking.

The Cisco and NEC partnership targets 5G xHaul and private 5G to help customers transform their architecture and connect more people and things.

As part of the new collaboration, NEC will leverage its vast ecosystem and expertise as a global network integrator to overcome the complexity of multi-vendor networks. Furthermore, the company’s 5G Transport Centers of Excellence in EMEA and LATAM, with both local and regional engineering capabilities and a pool of global experience, will play a central role in navigating customers’ end-to-end network lifecycle and optimization in a phased approach.

With extensive experience, leadership, and knowledge of the industry, combined with a commitment to research and development, Cisco will provide industry-leading solutions that meet growing customer demands.

Compelling Solutions to Multiple Operators

“The needs for modernized architecture in 5G have steadily enhanced our partnership with Cisco, leading us to this next level of partnership,” said Hideyuki Ogata, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Department, NEC.

In addition, Ogata said, “The industry-leading solutions from Cisco and our ecosystem partners, combined with our world-class network integration capabilities, enable us to deliver compelling solutions to multiple operators and verticals across the world.”

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“Partnering with world-class technology leaders is essential to reaching the future of connectivity that we know is possible,” said Sanjay Kaul, President, Service Provider Business, Asia Pacific & Japan, Cisco.

Meanwhile, Kaul said Cisco considers partnership with NEC special. Particularly, he mentioned about the multi-level collaboration enabled some of the largest IP Networks in the world using breakthrough architectures. Hence, changing economics with routed optical networking, virtual routing, and 5G radio interoperability.”

Private 5G

Taking a new approach to networking and connectivity is fundamental. In addition, the two companies plan to work together in areas of IoT, 5G, and Wi-Fi, driving the next wave of industrial transformation.

Under the Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration program, work is in progress to qualify NEC’s new UNIVERGE RV 1200 radio with Cisco’s Private 5G solution at Cisco’s 5G Showcase in Tokyo, a world-leading 5G services incubation hub and Cisco engineering site to deliver game-changing private 5G solutions in the Japanese market.

The NEC UNIVERGE RV 1200 radio complements the Japanese private 5G market. It is unique in that it’s all-in-one with RU/CU/DU in a single unit, compact and light weight, and positioned for both indoor and outdoor use, providing increased flexibility and scalability for installation.

Suhun Yun, Managing Director, Digital Network Business Division, NEC, said, “We look forward to the expansion of the partnership between the two companies, which will help accelerate private 5G market expansion and further efforts to address social issues.”