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Airtel partners Cisco to offer advanced networking, connectivity solutions to SMBs


Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel (Airtel) on Monday said it has tied-up with Cisco to offer advanced networking and connectivity solutions to enterprise and small and medium business (SMB) customers in India.

As part of the partnership, Airtel will offer managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) services in collaboration with Cisco. Built on the Cisco-Viptela platform, Airtel’s managed SD-WAN service will provide real-time analytics and in-built security.

This solution will also have a centralised policy, and a management controller that will provide customers a clear view of data flows across their networks and enable them to optimise data traffic to suit their business needs, the company said.

The fully managed, resilient and dynamic central platform will help businesses reduce networking capex and lower migration issues during the transition of applications and data to the Cloud.

Airtel will also offer the Cisco-Webex service as a one-stop destination for all their conferencing and collaboration requirements. With the Webex platform, Airtel customers will be able to collaborate across multiple audio and video platforms and devices, enabling them to connect seamlessly with remote offices, clients, customers, and employees.

“Digital India has opened up a residual opportunity to help businesses in their digital transformation journey and achieve the next level of growth. We look forward to working closely with Cisco to bring best-in-class digitisation and collaboration solutions to customers and consolidate Airtel’s leadership position in the Indian B2B segment,” Ajay Chitkara, Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Business, said.

Source: The Hindu