Ericsson CSO Rima Qureshi has said the vendor will continue to challenge Cisco in overlapping business areas in spite of their recently announced partnership.

Delivering the company’s strategy update at an event in London today [27 November], Qureshi (pictured) said work had already begun on collaborating.

She said: “There isn’t a period of waiting for approval...we are already working towards the synergies we announced with the partnership.”

The tie up between Sweden-based Ericsson and US equipment manufacturer Cisco sees the two companies partner in an effort to curb pressures created largely by the proposed tie up between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.

Cisco and Ericsson hope to generate synergies worth $1 billion (€927 million) by 2018 through combining the companies’ core capabilities, chiefly cloud and IP.

She said the collaboration did not spell the end of competition with Cisco in certain areas. She said: “There is very little overlap in the IP between Cisco and Ericsson. Where there is, they’re competing and these have been kept out of the partnership.”

Qureshi said providing cloud services for businesses, as opposed to targeting consumers, was an area that Cisco and Ericsson were particularly keen to target.

“The opportunity is in IoT and enterprise with operations that go across geographies”, she said.

“We’re not going to go head to head with [for example] Amazon Web Services...We are not going into the public cloud.”

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