LONDON, February 24, 2004 - Cisco Systems® today announced that they have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with T-Mobile, Europe's leading wireless local area network (LAN) provider, to accelerate the development, introduction and use of wireless LAN (WLAN) hotspots for business use across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The MoU has already resulted in a number of joint initiatives, including the creation of wireless LANs in 100 Starwood Hotels across the five European countries where T-Mobile has a presence: Germany, the UK, Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Austria.
"At Starwood Hotels our customers require both high-speed Internet connectivity and great customer service. T-Mobile's wireless LAN service provides that for us and that's why we've chosen to install their service in over 99 of our hotels in Europe," said Brian Pratt, vice president eBusiness, Starwood Hotels. "Both Cisco and T-Mobile are great brands and great partners to Starwood Hotels, helping us deliver the greatest experience for our customers."
The two companies are also collaborating on the delivery of wireless networking services to university students - both on and off-campus - across Europe. The coming year will see sales, marketing, product development and infrastructure projects focused on driving wireless LAN adoption in the healthcare, public sector and corporate sectors.
"T-Mobile is committed and shares the vision with Cisco of providing seamless mobile connectivity and wireless LAN plays a key role," commented Martin Witt, executive vice president wireless LAN for T-Mobile. "Cisco supports the strategy with its leading technology, its strong product road map and clear vision of how this technology and related technologies will become critical to us in providing seamless connectivity."
Forming the bedrock of wireless LAN developments created as a result of the MoU will be the Cisco Aironet® Series of wireless LAN technologies, along with Cisco routers, switches and other platforms such as Cisco Mobile Exchange and Cisco Service Selection Gateways.
"T-Mobile and Cisco are passionate about the total mobility vision," said Massimo Migliuolo, vice president of Mobile Sales Worldwide, Cisco Systems. "We believe we have the right combination of technology and vision to impact the experience of end users by delivering unprecedented communications flexibility, which will change the individual user's experience, both in their personal and business life."
About T-Mobile International
T-Mobile International is one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications. As one of Deutsche Telekom's four strategic divisions, T-Mobile concentrates on the most dynamic markets in Europe and the United States. By the end of 2003, about 90 million people were using the mobile communications services provided by companies in which T-Mobile or Deutsche Telekom have a majority or minority stake. And all that over a common technology platform based on GSM, the world's most successful digital wireless standard. This also makes T-Mobile the only mobile communications provider with a seamless transatlantic service.