Ericsson and Cisco announced an expansion of their sales partnership to include a new Wi-Fi offering, named Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN). EWN combines Ericsson’s mobile access, core networks and applications with Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio to target Ericsson’s customers in the mobile, cable and other industries.
In 2015, Ericsson and Cisco partnered to offer routing, data center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities.
The offering will include indoor small cells and operator Wi-Fi systems that combine Ericsson mobile access networks with Cisco WLAN. Ericsson’s Real Time Traffic Steering feature will enable operators to steer users between mobile and Wi-Fi access networks to deliver the best end-user experience.
Cisco WLAN can also be integrated into the Ericsson packet core network so operators can offer all their core network services over Wi-Fi for multimode devices. Ericsson already offers Wi-Fi calling capabilities over Cisco WLAN.
The design and deployment of the new offering will be handled by Ericsson’s services organization, with full product support from Cisco. Ericsson and Cisco first agreed in November 2015 to partner on product development and sales. To date, over 250 active customer engagements have started to turn into won deals, Ericsson said. More than 60 deals, spread around the world, are in IP (routing and transport) and services.