News Summary:

  • Swisscom has selected Cisco as its preferred supplier for a five-year IP network transformation project
  • Cisco will help Swisscom consolidate its IP networks into one IP network that will increase efficiency and reliability, and reduce complexity and operating costs
  • IP transformation will address increasing requirements supporting digitization in Switzerland and prepare the network for the future

BERNE/WALLISELLEN, Switzerland, April 27, 2021 - Swisscom and Cisco have signed an agreement that will further strengthen their strategic relationship on critical network infrastructure. Cisco was selected as the preferred supplier to transform Swisscom's IP network architecture over the next five years to enable the internet for the future.

Swisscom's IP network landscape is a crucial element of the service provider's transport network that builds the backbone of data traffic in Switzerland and carries every bit and byte. It ensures connectivity for Switzerland's economy and all digital services used by consumers (e.g., internet, television, and voice services).

With capacity requirements increasing by 25% each year, it is crucial that Swisscom's transport network expands at the same rate and can provide the base infrastructure for the gradual digitalization of Switzerland.

As a legacy of the past, Swisscom's current networking landscape is complex and heterogenous, and the service provider currently operates more than 10 IP networks. As part of Swisscom's “Network Vision 2030+”, Cisco has been chosen as the preferred supplier to simplify this complex conglomerate and consolidate the different networks into one.

The goal of the transformation project is to increase efficiency and reliability, and reduce complexity and operating costs. Advanced automation and analytics will be leveraged to further increase the network performance and stability for customers. As a complex system cannot be radically restructured overnight, several projects over the coming years will contribute to this goal. Step by step Swisscom and Cisco will enable the network for the future.

“This last year has highlighted the criticality of a strong network. Whether it’s business adopting a hybrid-working model, kids learning online, or families communicating with loved ones across the world. It’s essential that our customers have a high-performance network they can rely on to keep them connected,” said Christoph Aeschlimann, CIO and CTO of Swisscom. “Simplifying our complex, legacy network with Cisco will allow us to meet the demands of the future of the internet efficiently, securely, and with massive-scale.”

“The pandemic has amplified the importance of digitization and ubiquitous connectivity, and the world is counting on stable and reliable networks more than ever before,” said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group, Cisco. “A powerful, cost-efficient network infrastructure is crucial to allow every individual and business to make the most of the opportunities presented by the digital age. This transformation project will help to ensure that Swisscom’s network in Switzerland is ready for the surge of emerging cloud applications, 5G, 4K, AI, IoT and more.”

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About Swisscom

Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies, is headquartered in Ittigen, close to the capital city Berne. Outside Switzerland, Swisscom has a presence on the Italian market in the guise of Fastweb. In 2020 over 19,000 employees generated sales of CHF 11,100 million. It is 51% Confederation-owned and is one of Switzerland’s most sustainable and innovative companies."