Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Italtel and Cisco Extend Strategic Relationship

Italtel and Cisco Systems will extend their strategic technology and commercial alliance to 2008, with an expanded market coverage beyond Europe, Middle East and Africa to include the Latin America region.

Since signing the original strategic alliance agreement in early 2005, Italtel and Cisco have worked together on joint technology solutions for service providers focused on optimization of network infrastructures, multimedia communication services for the consumer segment, and hosted and managed Unified Communication services for the business segment.

Recent successful deployments include BT-Albacom, Belgacom, EITC (du) in the United Arab Emirates, Telecom Italia and Telekomunikacja Polska, among others.

As part of the extended agreement, Italtel has identified a set of solutions to help service providers deliver fixed-mobile converged services and embed intelligence in the network to accelerate service creation and reduce operational costs.

The extension of the agreement to support the Latin American market resulted from successful joint activities including implementation of VoIP infrastructure in Brazil and Argentina for fixed and wireless service providers with the goal of optimizing and expanding existing networks.

The two companies will continue to cooperate on the development and marketing of joint solutions based on the Italtel Softswitch and Cisco IP technologies. Italtel and Cisco joint solutions include Multimedia carrier-class IP communications, Hosted and Managed Unified Communication Services, Service and Network Control solution, IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solution, and Next Generation Operational Support System (NG-OSS).