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Cisco Mobile Internet News — It Just Keeps Coming

Mobile World Congress, the huge service provider-focused event, takes place next week in Barcelona, and Cisco has gotten a running start this week with much news about operator deployments:

  • Magyar Telekom, Hungary’s largest telecommunications company, is using Cisco Mobile Internet solutions to deploy 4G/LTE multimedia services. Magyar Telekom, part of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom Group, selected the Cisco ASR 5000 Series mobile multimedia core platform, ASR 9000 Series routers and ME 3800X Series Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers to help transform its network for delivery of advanced mobile services like video, social networking and high-speed Web browsing.
  • LG U+, a service provider in Korea, will trial two Cisco mobile Internet offerings to deliver voice, video and messaging services to its rapidly growing number of 4G/LTE customers. The Cisco V2oLTE solution, based on the ASR 5000, will help LG U+ meet the performance challenge of carrying voice traffic over LTE.  
  • Softbank, in Japan, recently became the first mobile operator in the world to deploy the Cisco ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router, and Softbank is now seeing the benefits of its high performance and small footprint.   Cisco recently spoke with two Softbank executives about this.
  • Another operator, Vodafone Hungary, is thinking about how not only to manage, but monetize, mobile traffic.    Hear two of Vodafone Hungary’s strategic and technical leaders discussing how Vodafone Hungary is planning to leverage the intelligence in the ASR 5000 to design new services, deliver differentiated services and develop new business models.

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Canadian Mobile Operators Move to Cisco

Cisco has been going mobile in Canada.

Or, perhaps more accurately, Canadian mobile operators have been going for Cisco.  To wit:

In one example, Shaw Communications will deploy an extensive, advanced Wi-Fi network in Western Canada to provide broadband wireless access. The next-generation network will enable Shaw customers to connect Wi-Fi enabled devices like tablets, mobile phones and computers at thousands of Wi-Fi access points.

Shaw will deploy several advanced Cisco technologies, including the CRS-3 Carrier Routing System, ASR 5000 multimedia core platform, ASR 1000 Series routers and Service Provider Wi-Fi, part of Cisco’s M.O.VE architecture

Shaw Communications also announced that it will conduct a technical trial of HotSpot 2.0 in conjunction with Cisco, Shaw’s Wi-Fi technology partner.  HotSpot 2.0 will represent a significant improvement in Wi-Fi accessibility and security.

In addition, Bell Mobility has selected the Cisco ASR 5000 platform for delivering 4G and LTE mobile services in its next-generation wireless network.  The ASR 5000 will form the foundation of the packet core for Bell Mobility’s LTE network, delivering higher bandwidth and greater intelligence for faster mobile Internet services and improved user experiences.

Designated as a 4G mobile specification, LTE is designed to provide multi-megabit bandwidth, more efficient use of radio networks, latency reduction and improved mobility. LTE aims to enhance user interaction with the network and further drive demand for mobile multimedia services.

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Texas Lone Star Network Deploys the ASR 9000 for State-wide Services

Although well known for oil and cattle, Texas is home to many high technology companies (including the Cisco campus of yours truly), and is the largest clean energy (wind) producer in the USA. It’s also got a booming economy that needs advanced telecommunications services to all parts of the state. 

TLSN connects Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers with 10G optical wavelengths enabled in the Cisco DWDM backbone network

To that point, we recently talked with the team at Texas Lone Star Network (TLSN). Located just 50 miles northwest of  the capital of Austin, TLSN operates a Cisco DWDM fiber network spanning over 3000 route miles offering wavelength, Ethernet, and SONET services to its 39 consortium company members, national carriers, wireless carriers, regional cable TV operators, colleges and the federal government. Earlier in the year they made the decision to upgrade their network with a deployment of Cisco’s ASR 9000 Series routers.

TLSN has connected the new ASR 9000 routers with 10G optical wavelengths enabled in the Cisco DWDM backbone network. The enhanced network provides them the foundation for new, revenue generating services, including cloud computing, cell backhaul, and IP/MPLS virtual private networks. In particular, cell backhaul is expected to be a growth area because of the number of 4G deployments going on in Texas right now.

“With the rapid growth in customer demand for higher capacity , driven especially by video, mobile, and high speed data services, we had to scale our network, but we had to also watch our operational expenses. Leveraging our new Carrier Ethernet platform we’re able to offer new services cost effectively to our member companies and customers  to ensure that technologies such as telemedicine and distance learning are available to any community in the state. Plus, with our Texas-wide footprint we can offer both a wide range of highly available services coupled with a unique footprint that other providers can’t match.”
Brad Seymour, General Manager, TLSN

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Cisco at Verizon LTE Innovation Center Grand Opening

This past week, I attended the grand opening celebration of Verizon Wireless’ Innovation Center in Waltham, MA.  The center, which brings together companies and entrepreneurs alike, is designed to provide a collaborative, hands-on workspace to rapidly develop innovative products and services that leverage 4G LTE technology.

The grand opening was an exciting event and the center was filled with innovative demos and technology tours featuring all types of LTE connected innovations – from the connected home, connected car, gaming, digital juke box, video and even future innovations such as a connected bike and an LTE-connected robot.

Cisco is a Premier Participant and we have been involved since day one.  We are pleased to have provided many man-hours of expert resources to deploy Cisco Mobile Internet solutions to help Verizon Wireless establish this unique center of excellence for all things LTE.

At the center, we have many demonstrations and technologies on display including Cisco Mobile Videoscape, the Cisco Cius enterprise tablet supporting 3G and 4G LTE, Cisco TelePresense, LTE-Connected Enterprise Branch, LTE-enabled Digital Media Signage and Cisco RAN Backhaul and LTE Evolved Packet Core solutions. We’re pleased to also provide the Evolved Packet Core for the 4G LTE Innovation Center lab network - identical to the commercial network - for use by the ecosystem of technology developers accessing the center’s technical and business development resources.

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Fixed Wireless Broadband: How and When

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

Howard’s recent post on the potential for broadband to reshape rural areas raised some interesting issues, and generated a lot of discussion. For me though, the biggest question it raised was how service providers will actually make it work. How can they deliver broadband services to vast, sparsely populated regions in a way that makes sense economically?

Of course, the industry is already answering this question. One promising possibility: fixed wireless broadband.

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