Ericsson and Cisco are extending their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering, Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN) that will combine Ericsson's 3GPP access, core networks and applications with Cisco's Wi-Fi portfolio.
According to Ericsson, the offering will include pre-integrated and verified solutions and will offer a range of benefits:
- Indoor Small Cells: Combining indoor Ericsson access networks with Cisco WLAN enables deployment in venues of both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
- Operator Wi-Fi: Allowing operators who have outdoor Ericsson access networks to use Cisco WLAN to offer access to their subscribers.
- Traffic Steering: Integrating Cisco WLAN with either Ericsson macro or indoor access networks via Ericsson's unique Real Time Traffic Steering feature enables operators to steer users between mobile and Wi-Fi access networks, ensuring the best end-user experience.
- Core Network Integration: Integrating Cisco WLAN into Ericsson packet core using trusted configurations will allow operators to offer all their core network services over Wi-Fi for multimode devices.
The design and deployment of solutions based on the new offering will be handled by Ericsson's services organization, with full product support from Cisco. EWN can be offered as a fully managed service with the global reach of more than 180 countries. This enables faster rollout times and ease of adaption of the solution, said Ericsson.