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Cisco Earnings Preview: 5 Key Areas Partners Need To Watch

Here are the five most interesting areas to watch for during Cisco's fiscal third-quarter earnings call this week.

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Service Provider

Another area of concern is Cisco's service provider (SP) business, which accounts for roughly 25 percent of sales. The business has been consistently declining over the last three quarters. For its fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, Cisco's SP revenues dropped 5 percent year over year, followed by a 12-percent decline in its 2017 first fiscal quarter, then a 1-percent dip in its most recent quarter.

As carriers look to cut costs by implementing new technology such as software-defined WAN and virtual routers, Cisco needs to find a way to turn this business around.

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