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5G will be an alternative to MPLS in some enterprise WANs, says Cisco

In future, enterprise wide area networks (WANs) could be connected by 5G rather than MPLS or other wireline broadband technologies, says Cisco. The company sees 5G as a way to increase its presence in the telecoms space – where it is currently suffering a decline (see separate item). Part of that push relies on 5G’s requirement for higher bandwidth transport networks, meaning more equipment sales for Cisco. But in an interview with SDxCentral, the vendor was seeing 5G in a different light, as an integral part of enterprise WAN in future – and therefore a technology it would be essential to support, or risk it cannibalizing existing Cisco product lines. Cellular networks currently work in the enterprise WAN environment almost…

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