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Cisco Mobility Express Solution Helps Partners Reach Small and Medium-sized Businesses

The continued growth of wireless devices in the workplace means that mid-market organizations are taking a new look at wireless networks and the positive impact that mobility can have on delivering tangible business benefits.  However, these mid-market organizations face a wide array of choices on enabling their workforce with wireless mobility solutions, and oftentimes have limited IT resources.  This is where you, the channel partners or integrators, step in.   For many of you, enterprise mobility continues to be one of the most important areas of focus, and an abundance of opportunities are emerging for you to grow and capture new business around small to medium-sized deployments.

Today, we launched the Cisco Mobility Express solution  that is designed to deliver enterprise class Wi-Fi for small to medium-sized businesses.

By offering Mobility Express, you have a new way to accelerate business and help build out your mobility practices.   Mobility Express provides you with a competitive offering that appeals to cost-conscious customers while also delivering the value of Cisco reliability and excellence.   Mobility Express squarely addresses small-scale implementations which allows you to capture new customers by selling into this growing customer segment of mid-market organizations.

Mobility Express is also built on a common technology platform, enabling you to sell investment protection, and fuel additional revenue opportunities through a seamless upgrade path as customers’ needs evolve.  And finally, Mobility Express gives you have a strong ease-of-use value proposition to present to customers.  The solution deploys in under 10 minutes, making it attractive to smaller organizations where flexibility and ease of use is a priority.  For more information, please visit the partner launch page here.

Determining adequate bandwidth, power requirements and security are only part of the challenge with WiFi networks. Increasingly, we are seeing partners build professional services practices to help customers of all sizes with their sophisticated needs around WiFi deployments and driving business outcomes.  Partners offering site surveys/assessments, integration services and management of an integrated technology solution are often the most successful.

To complement this new offering, Cisco continues to invest in partner enablement and training to help prepare our partner community and lead you on a profitable path forward.

Here are some notable resources:

  • Partner Account Manager, System Engineer and Field Engineer training is available globally
  • As the industry job roles evolve, Cisco’s CCNA Wireless certification is also being updated with a focus on cloud managed and Unified Access wireless architectures, as well as 802.11ac access points, controllers, and wireless standards. You can find more details here.
  • To close deals faster be sure to use the new Cisco Cloud-Based Predictive RF Planner Tool. Using this tool, you can now provide initial site estimates for your customers without requiring a physical onsite inspection. You can create a bill of materials quickly and easily from your desktop.
  • Review an on-demand training webinar, Voice of the Account Manager, designed to provide the Cisco Partner account manager with timely and relevant sales updates focused on Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Architecture. Here is a link to access the webinar.

Finally, please provide your feedback in the comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts on our announcement.


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Introducing Mobility Express: Wi-Fi Simplicity for Small to Mid-Sized Deployments

As today’s mobile world evolves with the explosion of mobile and connected devices, small to medium-sized businesses are increasingly faced with the same wireless challenges and opportunities as large enterprises. To help our customers address their mobility needs, today we’re introducing the Cisco Mobility Express solution that is specifically designed to deliver enterprise class Wi-Fi for small to medium-sized businesses.

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Built on Cisco’s industry-leading technology, the Mobility Express Solution is our most simple-to-deploy and cost-effective option in our wireless portfolio. Here are the key features: Read More »

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Cellular Calls on your nearest Wi-Fi AP

Can you place phone calls over Wi-Fi to save roaming costs when you travel abroad? Is there an easy solution for making phone calls despite poor indoor cellular coverage?

The answer is Yes! You can do all of the above using a new solution adopted by service providers and cell phone vendors known as Wi-Fi calling. The most compelling aspect of the solution is its non-intrusive nature. You don’t need to install any apps or change your directory; it’s all tightly integrated and built into the phone itself.


Mobile Service Providers (MSP’s) are extensively using Wi-Fi to offload data to meet the ever-increasing demands of mobile device users. In the next phase of Mobile-Offloading MSP’s are now supporting Voice over Wi-Fi (and refer to it as Wi-Fi calling).

iOS and Android devices support it today. Apple’s supports Wi-Fi calling with newer phones along with iOS8, whereas on the Android front, Wi-Fi source code is publicly available, and is being supported on almost 30+ phones.

Services providers are embracing Wi-Fi calling throughout the world. As Sprint and T-Mobile are leading the way in the US; EE in UK and 3, SmarTone are early adopters in Asia. Wi-Fi calling is expected to be supported by larger variety of mobile devices and offered on more MSPs by the end of 2015. AT&T has already enabled this service in the latest version of iOS 9 beta.

Challenges in enabling Wi-Fi calling on IT managed Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks

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Tips on Getting the Most from the Apple Watch and Your Wireless Network

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Since the release of Apple watch in April 2015, a considerable amount of articles have been published on the features of the watch and how it connects to the iPhone through either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Unlike those pieces, this article analyzes the impact of the Apple watch on the wireless network.

The Apple watch is powered with watchOS and features Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy and 802.11b/g/n to connect to the iPhone 5 or later version. The Apple watch is single band and thus works only in 2.4 GHz. Although there are two modes of communication, the Apple watch’s primary mode of connectivity is Bluetooth to transfer data back and forth between watch and iPhone. If the Bluetooth is off, the watch switches to Wi-Fi to stay connected to iPhone. However, this switching process is not seamless for all wireless networks. Sometimes the watch loses connectivity to iPhone altogether if the Bluetooth is out of range or if it is disabled on the phone. Since the watch is single band, it cannot connect to 5GHz band. However there is a work around to allow it to talk to iPhone that is associated to an AP using 5GHz radio.

Steps to make Apple watch talk to iPhone on 5GHz

  • Forget the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz SSID on your phone. Enable the Bluetooth on the iPhone and make sure the watch is connected.
  • Connect to 2.4GHz SSID on iPhone and then disable the Bluetooth.
  • The Apple watch should now show connected to iPhone via Wi-Fi after a brief disconnect. Test it by pinging the iPhone from the watch by pressing the phone icon shown below in the picture.

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#Ciscochat: CMX Analytics Creating Personalized Mobile Experiences


Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Analytics helps you create personalized mobile experiences for mobile end users and gain operational efficiency with location-based services. CMX Analytics lets you tap into the visitors connected lifestyle and provide relevant mobile content while gaining meaningful data.

Cisco CMX Analytics allows mobile customers to connect through your onsite Wi-Fi. It opens a direct channel of communication to let you better understand and deliver what your guests truly want. The ability to capture new customers and engage with existing ones by delivering more value is essential to continued growth in all industries.

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During our #CiscoChat on Tuesday, September 1 from 10-11 a.m. PST, @Cisco_Mobility will host the Twitter event and @Phunware will be asking questions and moderating the conversation. This will be an open discussion with the audience to ask questions, provide feedback and answer questions.

The Phunware CTO, Luan Dang and Cisco subject matter experts Darryl Sladden and Jagdish Girimaji will be discussing how CMX Analytics can tap into the lifestyle experiences in the retail, hospitality, transportation, healthcare, education, or government and visitors to your venue. Read More »

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