Ericsson and Cisco have extended their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering, named Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN). EWN combines Ericsson's 3GPP access, core networks, and applications with Cisco's Wi-Fi portfolio, to provide reliable Wi-Fi with the highest performance to Ericsson's mobile, cable and other industries' customers. The offering will include pre-integrated and verified solutions and will offer a range of benefits:
Indoor small cells. Combining indoor Ericsson access networks with Cisco WLAN enables deployment in venues of both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
Operator Wi-Fi. Allowing operators who have outdoor Ericsson access networks to use Cisco WLAN to offer access to their subscribers.
Traffic steering. Integrating Cisco WLAN with either Ericsson macro or indoor access networks via Ericsson's unique real-time traffic steering feature enables operators to steer users between mobile and Wi-Fi access networks, ensuring the best end-user experience.
Core network integration. Integrating Cisco WLAN into Ericsson packet core using trusted configurations will allow operators to offer all their core network services over Wi-Fi for multimode devices. Ericsson's highly successful Wi-Fi calling capabilities already deliver seamless voice mobility over Cisco WLAN.