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Announcing Foundation of the Mobile Internet: the Cisco ASR 5500

It’s been a very busy month at Cisco for Mobility:

Less than 3 weeks ago, we debuted the “Your Way” campaign, highlighting the importance of the mobile experience to both our customers and Cisco as a whole.

Just last week, we announced the next iteration of the Cisco Visual Networking Index in which traffic is growing four-fold overall but 18 fold for the mobile internet.  And of the nearly 19 Billion network connections by 2016?  More than half will be on the Mobile Internet.

And today, we announced the newest flagship of our Cisco ASR 5000 series, the Cisco ASR 5500.  The series has already propelled Cisco into a market leadership position in the Mobile Evolved Packet Core space, and the Cisco ASR 5500 will be able to extend the benefits of the series even further for our customers.

ASR 5500 will be able to deliver a 10-times performance improvement in throughput, capable of scaling from hundreds of gigabits to a terabit platform and be able to support more than 60 million concurrent sessions, making the architecture able to support the wide variety of connection centric devices  and applications that we’ve adopted in our daily lives seemingly overnight.  And it’s not just what the Cisco ASR 5500 can support, but also how it supports it.

Using what we refer to as elastic capabilities, ASR 5500 can migrate resources within itself to support say, more signaling in the morning when people are doing a variety of different activities on their commute in, to more throughput when people slow down doing as much activity but begin to, say, watch more video.  Ordinarily, providers would have to build out a great amount of capacity for each function – now they can support it with the “elasticity” of one platform – the ASR 5500 – which can adapt to accommodate the ever changing user demand.  And the result, total cost of ownership savings of up to 47% according to ACG Research – thereby permitting operators to monetize new mobile offerings while optimizing the cost of delivering them.

That’s the type of innovation necessary for our industry and one of the reasons it’s gained the attention of Verizon Wireless, Bharti Aircel, and Telekom Austria, among others.  And one more thing:

It’s available to begin to bring value to operators today --  helping to build the foundation of the mobile internet, helping service provides both monetize and optimize their offers to benefit their business, and helping to enable the delivery of mobile experiences “your way” to affect nearly all aspects of our daily connected lives.

I encourage you to learn more – whether from the collection of material on our website, to the video which we filmed overlooking the London Olympic park showcasing mobile innovations and perspectives from Verizon Wireless, Vodafone Germany and other industry luminaries (below) – to details about the TCO detail on the ASR 5500 which ACG researched – to even considering if some of “History’s Greatest Mysteries Traced to Mobile Network Issues” were caused because the ASR 5500 wasn’t yet in use…

Look for more information on this innovation and the opportunities right here on SP360 as well.  Thanks as always for reading.

P.S. While it has been a busy month, it’s only the start of what will prove to be a very busy 12 months…

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  1. Now that there’s enough bandwidth to go around, the problem’s moved up the stack. Do I have enough signaling? Will every session get the right QoS? Dynamic allocation of signaling and QoS look very much like dynamic allocation of bandwidth. It’s time.

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  2. The main problem is the interest of those companies to increase the availability without extra charging the final consumer. Every major update comes with some “plus”

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