Telecom Italia (TIM) is partnering with Cisco to launch a new portfolio of digital solutions, including an enterprise security service.

The tie-up sees the two companies combining their expertise to create solutions for the Italian market focused on cyber security, the IoT, Industry 4.0, smart cities and 5G.

As well as creating products, TIM and Cisco will work to create a partner ecosystem consisting of public sector organisations, private sector companies, developers and vendors.

Cisco will also partner with TIM’s start-up accelerator, which supports start-ups and SMEs.

The first solution launched under the agreement is TIM Safe Web, a security solution designed to protect business customers from a range of cyber threats.

The service will be embedded in the TIM network, allowing it to serve about 600,000 business customers without the need to deploy any new hardware or software.

Safe Web, which will go live next month, features Cisco Umbrella, the US vendor's cloud-based security platform that includes a global database of threat data.

It will be able to block navigation to malicious sites designed to infect users with malware, ransomware and phishing.

Amos Genish, CEO of TIM, said: "Digitisation will be the most important factor of TIM transformation, helping us to deliver the best customer experience, integrating service simplicity and a complete offer.

"We want to improve our customers' life but we also want to support Italy's development and a simpler way to access digital services for citizens, companies and public sector organisations.”

Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco, said: “What Cisco is doing with TIM is setting the standard, in many respects, for the digital transformation partnership model we are building in many countries around the world.

"This partnership also truly places the network at the centre of Italy's digital transformation.”

The announcement followed the news that TIM's board plans to sell its stake in broadcasting unit Persidera to infrastructure fund F2i and towers company Raiway,

The board voted to give Genish the power to finalise the deal and consider any further offers.

Persidera is a joint venture with Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso, which deals with wholesale access to digital terrestrial networks for the broadcast of TV channels. The unit is being spun off as a condition, stipulated by the European Commission, of French media group Vivendi’s acquisition of 24 percent of TIM.

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