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Just-in-time Cisco talks Wi-Fi-style 5G – and danger of ‘another network silo’

March 24, 2023


News out of MWC a couple of weeks back that Cisco had teamed with NTT to get serious about big-ticket private 5G for multinational enterprises was somewhat overshadowed by rival HPE’s purchase of core network specialist Athonet to do the same. But that was only, perhaps, because HPE had splashed out, whereas Cisco has shrunk-down and optimised its own core network proposition for enterprises. Which, in ways, tells its own tale.

What is clear, from both notices, is the IT crowd is serious suddenly about private 5G – possibly 18 months behind traditional telecoms vendors, perhaps six-to-12 months behind the assorted hyperscale stable-plays, and probably six months ahead of any serious-minded OT operatives joining the market.

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