Cisco Cius 4G Support

William Bell
Vice President, Solutions and Products

In May 2011, AT&T announced plans to support the Cius on the AT&T HSPA+ network. Verizon and Cisco also plan on adding 4G LTE support to the Cisco Cius. Since then I have seen rehashes of the same announcement repeated on various sources, with no real indication as to “when”.

In November, I spoke with a representative of Cisco who unofficially stated that on November 17th the AT&T model would be launched.  I checked Cisco’s web site and Googled like a bandit to see if I could find more information than I have previously seen. Nada.

I then camped on Cisco’s doorstep to monitor for two documents that would tell me the product is nearing launch. The first are the release notes. On November 30th, Cisco published the Cisco Cius 9.2(2) release notes.

In the release notes, I found a more direct statement on 4G support with the Cius device. Though, no direct mention of AT&T or Verizon. Oh, and I guess it is worth noting that 9.2(2) Cius firmware was not released on 11/30/2011. The Cius WiFi version of 9.2(2) showed up on Cisco’s website on December 5th.

Yesterday, I found that Cisco has also released version 9.2(2) of the Cius Administration Guide. There is a whole chapter on Cius 4G that gives more direct statements around AT&T support.

So, what does this mean? Historically, I have found that when Cisco starts publishing admin guides, release notes, and the like on CCO, the doors will start opening within 4 – 6 weeks. In the case of the Cius device, release notes by themselves aren’t enough since there is a Cius WiFi-only model that would use the same firmware. The admin guide reference to AT&T 4G is more definitive than most information I have seen thus far.

I’d expect to see more concrete (and usable) information on product availability this month.  I feel pretty confident that the AT&T version will be available before or during Q1CY2012. Of course ordering a product and having it general available for shipping are different things altogether.

The Verizon version? Well, I have nothing more to offer other than what you can find today. The last I heard that Verizon 4G support will closely follow the release of the AT&T HSPA+ support. Specifically, I heard that Verizon support will be available by Q2CY2012.

About the Cius. Cisco positions the Cius tablet as a business-grade product. Meaning, you won’t find it at your local Best Buy or any other consumer retail outlet.

You can find out about the Cius by going to Rumors about new form factors and the immediate product futures are all over the web, but I like Roger Cheng’s take.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


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Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


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John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.