Proximus and Cisco have renewed their partnership to pursue joint innovation and business development in next-generation services.

The companies announced at CES that they would work together in three key growth areas, including the development of government services for smart cities, service orchestration for B2B customers and video offerings for consumers.

Under the agreement, Cisco will help the Belgian operator develop a cloud-based digital TV offering for its customers, based on the vendor’s Videoscape technology.

The companies will also work together on the creation of connected city services for government organisations though their joint-developed smart cities framework, as well as provide service orchestration to help “future-proof” IT infrastructure and enable new network services.

Dominique Leroy, CEO of Proximus parent company Belgacom, said the partnership would help the company recover some of its losses following disappointing third quarter results, which saw revenues down 5.2 percent.

She commented: “This long term agreement not only reinforces our existing cooperation, it also shows Proximus’ commitment to innovation and improving customer experience.

"We want to build a future that will benefit our customers, our employees, our shareholders and our partners. This strategy will help us return to growth.”

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, added: “Proximus sees the benefits of transforming networks to a software-based, agile platform. We are expanding our collaboration to embrace the benefits of the Internet of Everything (IoE) with cloud-based video solutions, virtualised managed services solutions and much more.”

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