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Jury Still Out on 'Ciscosson' – Reader Poll

Will the Cisco/Ericsson partnership model work? That's the question we put to the Light Reading community following the announcement that the networking technology giants are engaging in a relationship that is "like a marriage," according to Cisco executive chairman John Chambers. (See Cisco + Ericsson: Friends With Benefits and 'This Industry Will Be Won & Lost In the Next Three Years' – John Chambers.)

The response, currently, is mixed. While 24% of our near 900 respondents think "the combination of these two powerhouses will crush rivals" and a further 15% believing that the partnership can work "but the competitive impact will hit the mid-tier suppliers more than major rivals," 32% believe that the "jury is out -- it's too hard to tell if this is the right approach or not."

There are, of course, those that believe the partnership announcement won't come to much: 29% of respondents believe "this has all the makings of a business and operational disaster."

Based on 872 responses, November 23, 2015.
Based on 872 responses, November 23, 2015.

You can still vote in this poll and instantly see the latest results -- check out Will 'Ciscosson' Be a Success?

For Light Reading's extensive coverage of the Ciscosson tie-up, see Cisco + Ericsson: From Soup to Nuts.

— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

MikeP688 11/29/2015 | 2:44:10 AM
Re: What's unique in this partnership? The alignment is critical because there is no option as the traditional business they've relied on is being torn apart before our eyes.   There are no easy answers--because as HP "Split" and the apparent static I'm seeing over the Dell/EMC deal as reported by the team @ recode underscores that legacy players have to think different or else? http://recode.net/2015/11/11/significant-uncertainty-surrounds-dell-emc-deal/

nasimson 11/24/2015 | 7:54:04 AM
What's unique in this partnership? There's a lot of excitement but.. What's that Ciscosson has that Huawei doesn't have?
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