A Big Day for Small Cells
Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity for Cisco at Mobile World Congress 2012, and a big day for our smallest networking devices.
On the heels of the past week’s 4G/LTE announcements with Magyar Telekom, LG U+ , Vodafone Hungary, Telefonica Spain, and Bell Canada, yesterday we stood with business partners Orange, and Shaw to announce a new era in the evolution of the mobile Internet: the era of the small cell.
Cisco CEO John Chambers declared “We are now entering the post-macrocell era, where small cells also will play a critical role in delivering the next-generation mobile Internet.”
Demonstrating our commitment to that vision, we were proud to announce the industry’s first carrier-grade, end-to-end, Wi-Fi infrastructure to incorporate the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) technology. Featuring a new small cell gateway based on the industry-leading Cisco ASR 5000 mobile multimedia core router, our small cell solution provides mobile users with “simple, seamless, secure” access across multiple heterogeneous access networks.
And putting the walk in the talk, we simultaneously announced that Hong Kong’s PCCW had recently completed the first commercial trial of NGH technology with Cisco’s SP Wi-Fi technology, while True in Thailand and Smart in the Philippines completed succesful lab trials, thereby proving the viability and availability of Cisco’s NGH technology.
Mr. Chambers concluded this customer-focused day by hosting a blue-chip panel of CTOs from Orange and Shaw, to discuss how they’ve partnered with us to develop and deploy small cell solutions that enable them to address spectrum limitations; scale coverage effectively; deliver seamless experiences across varying networks; save on capital and operational costs, and manage the explosion in mobile traffic, devices and new services.
And in the video you see below, executives from BT and Cisco discuss not just the technical, but also the social and economic benefits of the nationwide Wi-Fi network BT has built using Cisco’s Wi-Fi technology.