By Ernest Worthman —
November 24, 2016 — Progress is often measured objectively. Sometimes it is baby steps, other times giant leaps. 5G has had some of both. But what has me excited is the sheer activity within the segment this last year.
One of the latest bits of promising news is that Ericsson and Cisco Systems have inked a deal around a global partnership combining their platforms with an eye on telecom operators. The goal is to produce at least $1 billion in incremental revenue opportunities for each company by 2018.
The partnership will offer a platform that includes routing, data center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control. This will integrate their respective global footprints to “create the networks of the future.”
This new global partnership will support 5G, the cloud, IP and the Internet of Everything. They also plan to jointly work on an initiative targeting SDN, NFV, and network management and control.
Things are indeed happening in this environment.