Cisco, ZTE team up for NGN, 3G in Asia/Pacific

Cisco Systems and ZTE have signed a deal to jointly develop NGN, 3G and other data technologies for the Asia/Pacific region, excluding Japan. The JV's aim is to accelerate the adoption rate of the companies' technologies in the region. The venture aims to leverage ZTE's wireline and wireless communications expertise and Cisco's networking experience. The companies signed the deal nearly a month ago at a ceremony in ZTE's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

The ZTE deal is the latest from Cisco, which has had a very productive last few weeks. After officially launching its Airespace mesh solutions for the enterprise, it acquired Scientific Atlanta and just closed its buyout of VoIP provisioner Digital Fairway. Cisco's networking seems to be segueing it into a triple play end-to-end solutions provider--SA with set-top boxes and now Digital Fairway for VoIP provisioning. As always, there's no better place than the Asia/Pacific for next generation offerings like these.

For more on the Cisco ZTE deal and other Cisco moves:
- take a look at this press release