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NEC Corporation, a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, and Cisco have entered into a Global System Integrator Agreement (GSIA) to expand their partnership for the deployment of innovative 5G IP transport network solutions worldwide.

Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly drive new business opportunities for 5G leveraging NEC’s comprehensive expertise as a network integrator in both the IT and network domains, coupled with Cisco’s innovative 5G solutions portfolio to provide tremendous added value to the 5G ecosystem. NEC and Cisco will make collaborative efforts to further enhance their joint solution portfolio and to optimize regional activities for advancing the digital transformation of customers across the globe.

NEC group companies will work closely with Cisco to complement NEC’s ecosystem with optimized IP metro/access transport and edge cloud computing solutions. Cisco will support NEC’s customer engagements by offering best-in-class products, proposals, and execution support.

Commenting on the partnership, Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, mass-scale infrastructure group, Cisco said, “We believe 5G is fueling the internet for the future, and accelerating our customers’ digital transformations. Together with NEC, we are creating a powerful force to drive the critical changes needed in networking infrastructure to carry the internet into the next decade.”

“Collaboration across the network solution ecosystem is essential for continued success in meeting diversified customer requirements and establishing a win-win relationship,” said Mayuko Tatewaki, general manager, service provider solutions division, NEC Corporation.

“This powerful partnership strengthens our global competitiveness as a network integrator that drives the customer journey with innovative solutions," he added.

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