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Ericsson and Cisco to strengthen Nextel IP network in Brazil

The partnership between Ericsson and Cisco has secured its first agreement in Brazil, with the two companies working together to supply and install IP routers for Nextel.

The key components in the combined offering include a combination of hardware from Cisco, and services and project management from Ericsson. Nextel's IP network in Brazil will be strengthened to support traffic growth and improve performance on the mobile network.

Eduardo Ricotta, Vice President, Ericsson Latin America and Caribbean, says: "Our teams complemented each other with the right approach, from network analysis and planning to systems integration and customer support from Ericsson, to selecting the right routers from Cisco, and finally implementation with Ericsson services. The partnership has delivered real value to Nextel in terms of delivering end-to-end IP solution to meet the operator's needs."

The deal includes Cisco routers (ASR9010), supply and installation, overall project management, and customer support.

Yvette Kanouff, SVP and GM, Service Provider Business, Cisco, says: "Together, Cisco and Ericsson have the best mix of engagement required to support operators like Nextel address data traffic challenges. Working together on this project, we will support Nextel's mobile broadband offering and help them deliver better network performance for customers."

Ericsson and Cisco formed a global business and technology partnership in November 2015, offering customers routing, data centre, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities. The Ericsson/Cisco partnership has been cleared by Brazilian regulatory authorities and will be implemented there under local agreements.

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