Telenor and Cisco ink new telco partnership deal

Telenor and Cisco ink new telco partnership deal

26 June 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Telenor and Cisco announced have signed the third iteration of their joint purpose agreement.

The document outlines where the two will focus their collaboration including security, 5G, Open vRAN, B2B expansion, distributed cloud and furthering Telenor Group’s digital transformation.

In addition, the two companies are continuing to explore 5G architectures and have started an Open vRAN trial to test using a virtualised, open infrastructure to improve cost efficiency for service rollouts. 

In line with the new agreement, the two in partnership with Digital Alpha have announced a new round of financing of the joint venture, WG2.

WG2 offers a carrier grade, cloud-native mobile core solution that enables rapid service innovation for mobile network operators, mobile virtual network operators and enterprises.

“The cooperation with Cisco over the years has delivered great results for both companies, especially within the area of security and mobility,” said Sigve Brekke, president and chief executive officer at Telenor.

“Our partnership in WG2 builds towards a future where programmable networks are the key to creating value for 5G, IoT and private networks. Ongoing developments in our agreement with Cisco continue to be forward leaning, addressing the most innovative and in-demand transformation topics in our industry.”

Using open APIs and cross-network interoperability, WG2 enables mobile operators to innovate quickly.

Specifically, the new financing will be used to accelerate WG2’s growth in Europe, North America and Asia, and to extend its innovative solutions in 5G, IoT and private networks.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Telenor. Together, our shared expertise and best of breed portfolios will enable telcos and mobile operators to get to the next level in their business,” said Chuck Robbins, chairman and chief executive officer at Cisco.

“We continue to evolve WG2 to give operators the opportunity to reduce time to market and speed time to revenue with IoT and managed services for the enterprise, powered by the cloud and 5G.”