Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) To Help Ooredoo Records On Network Functions Virtualization

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Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) disclosed at the GSMA Mobile World Congress that it has agreed to establish a relationship with Ooredoo for network function virtualization (NFV) deployments. The alliance with the Middle-East company, a communications operator in the region, would also enable them to deliver virtual managed services (VMS) in the Qatar market. The relationship would be a big boost to the region’s communication infrastructure.

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Automated Cloud Based Services

As a result of Cisco’s deal with Ooredoo, the latter would be in a position to provide its customers with automated cloud-based services. That will enable it to outsource its network management and IT services to a dependable technology partner. The relationship looks to enable the mideast firm to trial the Cisco Cloud VPN, a division of the Cisco Virtual Managed Service portfolio. Services include remote access, Internet gateway apps, routing for site-to-site and service business connectivity.

Cisco Cloud VPN provides automation and simplification of managed services based on management orchestration of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. That would also enable it to use the company’s best-in-class enterprise portfolio that virtualizes networking functions.

Management Comments

Cisco Systems VP for its service provider division, cloud and managed services, Kit Beall, said that the company was excited to work closely with Ooredoo. He said that the Ooredoo was engaged in the transition to NFV apart from cloud-based services. Therefore, Cisco was committed to lending a helping hand to Ooredoo in order to transform their business so that they are better prepared for the future.

Similarly, Ooredoo Qatar CEO, Waleed Al Sayed, said that it would continue to provide advanced technologies to Qatar in its role as an innovator in the IT field for its country. He said that getting support from Cisco in NFV and VMS would be key to boosting operational efficiency. He expressed confidence that the American firm’s support would fuel knowledge-based economic growth in his country.

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