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Chuck Robbins: 9 Biggest Remarks On 5G, Edge Computing, Webex And COVID-19 Consequences

From 5G and edge computing opportunities, to the impact of COVID-19, the power of Webex, and what Cisco’s cost reduction plans mean for partners, here’s what Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told CRN at this year’s Partner Summit.

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Where is the opportunity for Cisco in the 5G and edge computing arenas, and have these markets been impacted by the pandemic?

First of all, in 5G, our opportunity is immense: the core backbone networks that need to be built— stand-alone 5G networks over the next few years—and the capacity that will need to be increased as the traffic in the band and the edge traffic comes on and the number of 5G devices increases. We also play in the orchestration stack. We play in the packet core, so we have a lot of core technologies. The enterprise services that will be built will result in a huge percentage of the profitability. These 5G investments are going to come from enterprise services, and most of our customers believe that we are the best equipped to help them build out those services around security and other capabilities.

On the edge strategy, in the carrier edge we’ve already created some innovative CDN [content delivery network] solutions that are getting traction in the marketplace. In the enterprise edge, I think it’s all about taking our assets and our capabilities and creating a technology stack that allows the enterprise developer—the modern developer—to actually run elements of applications at the edge and process data locally with the required application security. So, I think giving them a stack to actually be able to do that is a big benefit and a capability that we have that’s unique to Cisco.

I think edge is still nascent; I think 5G is actually farther ahead. I’d say that in most cases, the 5G deployments altogether have been accelerated by the pandemic.

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