February 22, 2005
The partners will link together technology solutions and sales channels to faciltate SMB adoption of all forms of IP.
Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) and MCI, Inc (NASDAQ:MCIP) announced today a collaboration which will enhance Cisco channel partners’ ability to sell, deploy and support IP-based next generation services to small and medium businesses.
The products will include both hosted and premise-based IP solutions that combine MCI services and Cisco technology. Small and medium businesses will gain enhanced access to MCI network services based on Cisco technology, and MCI services will become available through Cisco channels.
Small and medium businesses that cannot afford to support advanced technologies are looking for competitive end-to-end support of IP applications, the companies say. By combining resources, both companies are able to offer them a larger selection of fully supported voice, data and security solutions.
Network and premise-based solutions to be offered will include MCI’s MCI Advantage VoIP service and Cisco’s Call Manager and Call Manager Express. MCI’s MPLS-based VPN service, Private IP, which just received Cisco Powered Network status, will also be available.