Cisco unveils equipment to meet pandemic demand, 5G

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc on Tuesday announced new products to help mobile network operators manage the increase in data traffic generated by working from home due to the pandemic and as the rollout of 5G connects billions more devices to the Internet.

Remote health services, video streaming, gaming and working from home have led to a 25-45% increase in internet traffic in many parts of the world since the COVID-19 pandemic, Cisco said.

And 5G will mean billions more connected devices.

Cisco says it expects nearly 30 billion connected devices in 2023, up from 18.4 billion in 2018.

It offers a network design approach that is open to all systems, and says its new routing equipment will help telecom operators build large capacity networks at lower cost.

He has signed clients including Airtel, Google Cloud, Rakuten Mobile, Telenor and Telia Carrier.

“There are still 3 billion people on the planet who are underserved, which means they can’t get enough connectivity or they are completely disconnected,” Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president, told Reuters and CEO of Cisco.

(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee, European correspondent for technology and telecommunications, based in Stockholm; edited by Barbara Lewis)

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