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Cisco Systems and Verizon have announced details of a joint initiative aimed at providing network access to home-based employees of Fortune 1,000 companies.

The two companies have joined forces in order to market high-speed, secure and reliable work-at-home services, which will be supported by equipment from the Cisco 800 and SOHO Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), and Integrated Services Digital Network. Delivery will be via a Verizon Internet Protocol network.

"Teleworking brings a new dimension to life," said Eric Bruno, the vice-president of Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Group. "The powerful combination of Cisco equipment and the IP-enabled network made available by Verizon will help companies to implement remote-access programmes."

Bruno said such programmes were capable of increasing productivity and decreasing costs, while helping employees to balance their work and home lives at the same time.

Available now, the products and services will initially be marketed to financial services and government customers in New York and Washington.

Cisco added that the new initiative was part of its goal of delivering broadband connectivity and services to the home as well as the office.

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