Fujitsu Limited and Cisco Systems, Inc.
today announced that they have reached a fundamental agreement to enter into a strategic
alliance focusing on routers and switches that will enable service providers and
enterprises to build advanced Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
Under this collaboration,
Fujitsu and Cisco will carry out joint development of high-end routers, plan future
cooperation in routing and switching, and collaborate on continuous quality improvement,
enhanced support and service.
"Partnering is a strategic imperative for companies such as Cisco and Fujitsu to address
service providers' and enterprise customer requirements," said Mike Volpi, senior vice
president of Cisco's Routing Technology Group. "Forming a strategic alliance with Fujitsu
enables us to combine resources so we can deliver on those requirements with value-added,
industry-leading networking solutions."
"Telecommunications service provider networks must support the highest quality service
levels and be built upon the best technologies available," said Chiaki Ito, corporate
executive vice president, Fujitsu Limited. "Together, Fujitsu and Cisco have unparalleled
technology depth, and through the joint development and other collaborative efforts we
are embarking upon, we will be able to address service providers' needs with even higher
quality systems and innovative solutions."
IP-based networking products such as routers and switches are central elements of future
network infrastructures, and the performance and quality of these products will have a
major impact on network systems overall. This is especially true for telecommunication
service provider networks, where they will play a vital and essential role in determining
the service and quality levels that providers can offer.
Through this agreement, the companies will take advantage of Cisco's worldwide leadership
in IP technologies and Fujitsu's industry-leading expertise in high-reliability and
high-availability technologies to quickly and continually bring to market world-class