Cisco partners with GDI to provide private 5G to government agencies

The two companies have announced plans to bring Cisco’s private 5G solution to the public sector.

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Cisco today announced that it has expanded its partnership with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) to bring Cisco’s private 5G capabilities to an array of government agencies. The intention of the cooperative is to give the federal government a simple path to private 5G solutions for IoT and edge use cases.

“This unique partnership combines the power of Cisco Private 5G with GDI’s mission knowledge of customers’ 5G use cases to deliver a truly comprehensive solution that addresses a diverse set of agency requirements,” said Carl DeGroote, vice president of federal sales at Cisco. “We are excited to continue our relationship with GDIT and to work together to extend Cisco’s private 5G solution to the public sector.

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Cisco and GDI support government 5G

The move extends the more than 30-year alliance between the two companies, to streamline the digital transformation of government and its agencies. Cisco previously addressed its private 5G strategy at Mobile World Congress in early March, using analytics, AI, automation and machine learning to power the private network, and now the public sector. The service will provide “end-to-end customized solutions for each client to achieve their desired mission outcomes,” according to the release.

The combination of GDI’s history and experience working with federal agencies and Cisco’s private network solution is expected to enhance government capabilities in being a faster and more secure network in the areas of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, edge computing and IoT devices. This private 5G extension will help protect a number of key devices from potential access to cyber threats, an important aspect to consider if Gartner’s cybersecurity forecast for the next four years and expected vulnerabilities in the field of the IoT must be taken into account.

“In addition to our portfolio of 5G capabilities, Cisco’s private 5G offering provides GIT with the flexibility, security, and resiliency required for the government sector,” said Robert C. Smallwood, vice president of digital modernization and enterprise IT services at GDI. “This collaboration will create a force multiplier effect that will meet our customers’ edge computing and IoT requirements.”

Cisco’s Private 5G Network combines elements of Wi-Fi, 5G and IoT into a complete solution as a service, using Cisco’s mobile core technologies to do so. This private 5G network will only be accessible to people with government credentials and will not be accessible to the public to connect to. The Cisco portfolio also includes a number of devices ranging from IoT sensors and gateways, device management software, as well as monitoring tools and dashboards, according to the company. These developments are expected to seamlessly integrate with government agencies’ existing IT and OT environments, such as Wi-Fi and security, and drive adoption of IoT technologies.

Ashley C. Reynolds