Motorola, Cisco Win Mesh Deals
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) have both separately unveiled new WiFi mesh contracts as the battle to unwire more cities and states across the world heats up.
Motorola's new deal to unwire six U.K. cities -- including Birmingham and Newscastle -- for major operator BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is the Schaumburg, Ill.-based firm's most important public mesh win to date. Motorola will supply mesh equipment and services for its deployments.
By extending its Fusion fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) system to the new networks offering VOIP calls that can move between WiFi and cellular connections, BT plans to offer a more ambitious package of services over the networks than most other municipal networks announced recently . Motorola is already a handset supplier for the Fusion project. (See BT Unveils FMC Service.) The firms are also planning more standard mesh services such as extended hotspot connectivity, closed-circuit TV support, and secure enterprise connections...
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