Airtel has partnered with Cisco to utilize Cisco’s SD-WAN tech to offer connectivity solutions to enterprises. The partnership will enable enterprises to build, design, deploy, configure, migrate, and manage their WAN infrastructure. Airtel also announced that its “Intelligent VPN solution” is now accessible to a large user base across the country. Together they will allow the building of highly secure next-gen networks offering cost-effective, on-demand connectivity.
Daisy Chittilapilly has been promoted as the president of India & SAARC of Cisco. She will be focusing on building strategy and sales, operations, and investments to drive long-term growth in the region. Daisy is a veteran with almost 2.5 decades of experience in the tech industry. She was formerly the MD of Cisco, worked at Wipro, co-chair on the FICCI National Committee for AI and Digital Transformation, and a board member of NGO Dragonflies Everywhere.
Rakuten Mobile announced plans to partner with Cisco to use their technology in 5G and IoT services. Rakuten is the first company to deploy network-based Open RAN tech that uses software to run network functions on the cloud, reducing the requirement for physical equipment. The tech will help Rakuten to make its entire network automated, reduce latency, and lower power consumption.
To improve its user experience, Vodafone Idea has partnered up with Cisco to automate its network support to 4G and later on to 5G. The partnership will be working on designing and building a cost-efficient architecture for 4G and 5G networks, cloud, and IoT. Cisco will be deploying its ultra-packer core to Vi’s network architecture. Airtel and Jio have started their 5G trials while Vodafone Idea is yet to begin, but claims its network is ready for 5G.
Cisco will be adding new features in Webex like background noise cancellation, adding polls and quizzes to make meetings more interactive. While unveiling a new Webex logo, Cisco said that its hybrid work suit will be 40% cheaper than a la carte. 800 new features and devices have been added to Webex since Sept 2020 to enhance the hybrid work module. One of its AI-powered features re-frames participants allowing them to see body language and facial expressions.
Risk-based vulnerability management platform Kenna Security will be acquired by Cisco. This is the networking major’s 3rd deal of the week after acquiring Sedona Systems and Socio Labs earlier. Kenna Security is the next major buy of Cisco that is renowned in risk-based vulnerability prioritisation and has managed 12.7 bn vulnerabilities and protected 14mn assets. Cisco with Kenna security, as a part of its portfolio, will upgrade its cloud-native platform ServerX.
Sameer Garde, the President of Cisco (India and SAARC) has ended his journey with the global networking solutions provider after four years. Garde, who has held the position since July 2017, will demit office by the end of July 2021. “He has had a tremendous impact on our business over the past four years,” said Cisco in a statement. Under him, Cisco, having global revenue of $ 49.3 bn as of July 2020, has seen exponential growth in its India business.
Cisco Systems has launched a new product to help mobile networks manage rising data traffic generated by home-working because of the COVID-19 and 5G rollout. Networks across the globe have witnessed a 25%-45% rise in internet traffic, since the COVID-19 pandemic. Cisco expects nearly 30 bn connected devices in 2023 led largely by 5G rollout, compared with 18.4 bn in 2018. It has signed Airtel, Google Cloud, Rakuten Mobile, Telenor and Telia Carrier.
Cisco, Nasscom FutureSkills Prime, and AICTE have come together to offer over 20,000 virtual internship opportunities in cybersecurity. This program is an extension of cisco’s Networking Academy programme comprising of two phases. Nasscom said, 20,000 virtual internships on cybersecurity will be offered in phase one followed by internship opportunities on new skills in phase two. The internship opportunity will allow students to learn enhanced skills.