Ericsson and Cisco have announced a global business and technology partnership.
The multi-faceted relationship will cover routing, data center, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities, and will be supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments.
The parties have also agreed to discuss FRAND policies and enter a licensing agreement for their respective patent portfolios, enabling unfettered joint innovation and providing certainty for customers of both organizations. As part of this agreement, Ericsson will receive license fees from Cisco.
Teams from both organizations will also begin working on a joint initiative focused on SDN/NFV and network management and control.