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Deutsche Telkom, Telefonica Move on IP NGNs From Cisco

Recent Cisco news highlights two prominent service providers – Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica – who have chosen Cisco IP Next-Generation Network solutions.

Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Hrvatski Telekom – Croatia’s largest telecommunications company – is using Cisco solutions in its new TeraStream cloud-enabled IP architecture.

Key elements include all-IPv6 streamlined routing architecture; fully converged IP and optical layers with 100G coherent technology; integrated cloud service centers, enabling virtualized network services and applications for rapid service innovation; programmatic interfaces aligned with the software-defined networking architecture for real-time automation and OSS; and customer self-service management capabilities.

Cisco has delivered the following technologies in this landmark deployment:

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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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No Slowing for the Holidays

The end-of-year holiday season is traditionally positioned as a chance to slow down and re-charge, but Cisco’s industry-leading products for service providers didn’t get the memo.   Their momentum continued unabated.

Just two days before Christmas, Cisco announced that Dutch service provider KPN has chosen the Cisco CRS-3 multi-chassis carrier routing system, which will be deployed at the heart of KPN’s Internet peering network. The CRS-3 solution will transport all of KPN’s IP traffic to the Internet as part of KPN’s Internet Cluster Environment (ICE).

Not long before, Verizon announced that its IP network, one of the most advanced communications networks in the world, will be upgraded in the first half of 2012 with the Cisco CRS-3 to enable new services and meet growing traffic demands in several key U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.

As for the ASR 9000 edge routing system, Fibrenoire, a service provider offering Internet and private network services over an optical fiber network in Quebec and Ontario, has completed implementation of an end-to-end Cisco Carrier Ethernet System covering the Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto regions. Fibrenoire’s network is based on the ASR 9000.

Additionally, Next Communications, a Miami-based voice and video provider, has deployed Cisco technology for its IP Next-Generation Network. Integral to this will be deployment of the ASR 9000 and ASR 1000 routers for 100GE port capacity and greater resiliency.

And a couple of other interesting news items:

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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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Bringing Cisco’s Network Virtualization (nV) Technology to Mobile Networks

The Cisco ASR 9000 edge routing system has gone mobile.

Cisco announced that it is bringing its nV (Network Virtualization) technology to mobile networks and unveiled three powerful new platforms for the ASR 9000 family:

  • ASR 901 cell site router, a high-capacity, low-power router for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile cell sites;
  • ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router, a compact Ethernet access device for business, residential, and mobile applications; and
  • ASR 9901 small edge router, a smaller version of the ASR 9000 for low-capacity deployments.

Benefits include:

  • Simplified Network Operations: The ASR 9000 system uses Cisco nV (network virtualization) technology to lower operating costs by up to 69% and capital expense costs by up to 67% (when compared with competing edge platforms). 
  • Simplified IPv6 Migrations: Cisco delivers on its strategy of building IPv6 next-generation networks to simplify the design, deployment and management of services.
  • Simplified Service Management: Plug-and-play capabilities, singular point-of-service management using Cisco Prime, cost-effective configurations and ease of deployment reduce the need for costly on-site setup, support and maintenance, while providing hardware and software savings.

nV technology capabilities (unveiled June 7) now extend all the way to the access layer to help operators further optimize operations and maximize the cost benefits of virtualized infrastructures.  nV technology also provides topology-, place- and capability-agnostic resource consolidation and virtualization for simplified operations, increased network capacity and accelerated IPv6 services. Operators can deploy nV technology with a simple software upgrade.

These innovative solutions deliver on the promise of the Cisco MOVE (Monetization, Optimization, Video Experience) strategic framework, which helps operators better manage, enhance and profit from the rapidly growing volume of Internet traffic and the proliferation of connected devices.

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