At Cisco, we are on a mission to help our customer embrace digital transformation—deploying new capabilities to help them make money or save money in new ways.

The network is the foundation for digital transformation, and mobility has never been a more important part of the customer and employee experience. To help our customers transform their business through mobility, we needed to help our customers put their workers’ business phones in their pockets. Since iPhone was already in most of those pockets, we partnered with Apple last year to improve the experience. Now it is a thrill to deliver what is available via iOS 10: optimized Wi-Fi connectivity, prioritization of business apps, and the integration of voice and enabling of collaboration.

Over the summer, more than 30 customers and partners — ranging from BT (UK) to KDDI (Japan) to IAG (Australia) and DT (Germany) — participated in early field trials to help us refine our solution.

The results of tests have been really exciting:
– roaming got 8x faster
– Voice over Wi-Fi and Spark calling became up to 66x more reliable
– 90 percent reduction in web browsing failures

With these improvements, your battery will last longer, you’ll say “wait a minute you’re breaking up” a lot less. Plus, this makes things simple for your IT department. And we’ve made the iPhone an extension of the desk phone by optimizing Cisco Spark for iOS 10—so not only are calling experiences now familiar and intuitive but we’re making it easier than ever for users to communicate.

You can read more about what we’ve done to optimize Wi-Fi and prioritize applications here and more on the collaboration updates here.

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Rowan Trollope

Senior Vice President and General Manager

IoT and Collaboration Technology Group