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Ericsson and Cisco announce strategic partnership with focus on Internet of Things

William Payne
Telecoms firms Ericsson and Cisco have announced a strategic partnership to develop new technologies for 5G, cloud and the Internet of Things. The two companies will cooperate to create new systems that are end to end solutions.
The collaboration is designed to channel the combine scale and R&D capabilities of the two companies to accelerate the platforms and services needed to digitize countries and create the Internet of Things.
Ericsson and Cisco aim to offer end-to-end leadership across network architectures including 5G, cloud, IP, and the Internet of Things—from devices and sensors to access and core networks to the enterprise IT cloud. The companies claim that customers will be able to accelerate their business transformation by drawing on the parties' complementary capabilities, including global services capabilities such as consulting, integration, and support to managed operations across IT and networks.
The partnership will be supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments.
Both companies have also agreed to discuss FRAND policies and enter a licensing agreement for their respective patent portfolios, enabling unfettered joint innovation and providing certainty for customers of both organizations. As part of this agreement, Ericsson will receive license fees from Cisco.
Teams from both organizations will  begin working on a joint initiative focused on SDN/NFV and network management and control.