At MWC, we are making a dozen innovation and customer momentum announcements including 5G Trials with Verizon.  Last week, Verizon announced it will deliver 5G service to pilot customers in 11 markets across the U.S. by mid-2017, and today we announced that we will be a key technology supplier for those trials. We are delivering cloud-based packet core technology and mobile backhaul infrastructure, and we are excited to be able to show off some of the collaboration applications that can push the 5G bandwidth needs.

Other highlights include news with Reliance Jio, which is driving the national agenda of Digital India with an all-IP, multi-Terabit network for broadband, mobile video, VoLTE and VoWiFi services to 18,000 cities across India. It’s a huge deal and we couldn’t be more excited about the 100 Million 4G customers we’ve already helped Jio to onboard — in just six months! I am so impressed at the pace with which Jio has grown.

Our Ericsson partnership is going strong and we are proud to announce our joint Collaboration Mobile Convergence solution designed for service providers to sell to enterprises. This super cool offering features Cisco’s enterprise collaboration service platform, including Cisco Spark Board, with Ericsson’s leading VoLTE communication solutions. Just one more way that together, we are helping to evolve the mobile phone into an unstoppable, multi-tasking business tool.

On the security front we introduced our Security Architecture for Mobile Service Providers, offering solutions for multi-layered protection across the network, the endpoint (device) and the cloud, securing customer networks across the globe including Deutsche Telecom and Vodafone Hutchinson Australia. We also announced new co-developments with Samsung to deliver endpoint visibility and data intelligence to business customers with our combined technologies.

Let’s not forget NFV! We continue to strengthen our relationship with Altice Group to transform Altice’s business operations with new network architectures to help grow revenue, lower costs and improve customer retention. We just announced how we are collaborating on a long-term project with Red Hat to build a holistic NFV platform to help Altice speed time to market for new services across its global footprint.

We also announced how customers like NTT DOCOMO, Telstra and others are using our Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), to simplify their network operations and lower their total cost of ownership. What could be better?

For video, consumers in Germany are also the beneficiaries of an advanced video upgrade. Vodafone launched its GigaTV service in Germany, designed for a seamless mobile experience, personalized recommendations, and both 4K and UHD content. The service includes linear and on-demand content, playable on TVs, smartphones, and tablets. It’s all powered by our Infinite Video Platform. Go Vodafone!

Also exciting is what’s been going on with Cisco Jasper, which has seen enormous growth since the acquisition last year — especially on its Control Center, to automate IoT connectivity management for customers across the globe. Great things are happening with customers this week including Honda launching Connected Car services in all Euro countries with Cisco Jasper. Korea Telecom and Cisco Jasper have teamed to provide KT customers with a full line of IoT solutions and services. Plenty more happening with Cisco Jasper so ‘stay connected’ with us to read all related IoT news from the show.

That’s a short overview of a whole lot of things that will happen at MWC. We’re in Hall 3, Zone 8 Booth #3 E30. See you there!


Yvette Kanouff

Senior Vice President/General Manager

Service Provider Business