Cisco and Bell Canada on Monday said they will develop and deliver a range of IP-based managed services to Canadian businesses, including unified communications, voice, wireless, IP contact and security.

The move towards managed services builds on the companies’ commitment to provide customers with IP technologies and services “without the need for onsite support or intensive capital investment,” said Terry Walsh, president and CEO of Cisco.

“Integrated dial-up voice and video networks have come of age and the productivity benefits of these technologies to businesses large and small have become very significant,” he added.

According to Boston, Mass.-based research firm Ovum, the managed services market in Canada will grow more than 60 per cent in the next two years, from $1.2 billion to $1.95 billion in 2009.

Bell and Cisco also announced the creation of two knowledge centres, in Toronto and Montr