Airtel, Cisco tie up to offer advanced networking, connectivity to enterprise, SMB customers
Airtel to offer managed SD-WAN and Cisco Webex solutions to Indian enterprises; and small and midsize businesses
India's leading telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel and Cisco today announced an alliance to offer advanced networking and connectivity solutions to enterprise and SMB customers in India. This partnership will leverage Airtel’s deep customer relationships and network to offer highly secure and cutting-edge digitisation technology from Cisco in India, Airtel said.
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 which provides customers with a clear view of data flows across their networks and enable them optimise data traffic to suit their business needs.
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, the company said in a statement. Airtel will also offer the Cisco-Webex service as a one-stop destination for all their conferencing and collaboration requirements.
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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, it said.
“We are delighted to announce this alliance which further strengthens the deep relationship we have with Cisco. Digital India has opened up a huge 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,” said Ajay Chitkara, CEO of Airtel Business.
Airtel has a diverse portfolio of services to enterprises, governments, carriers and small and medium businesses. Along with voice, data, video, and conferencing solutions, Airtel also provides network integration, cybersecurity, IoT, cloud, data centers, managed services, enterprise mobility applications and digital media to enterprises in India and across the world.