I was reading the latest ACG Research report on Mobile IP Infrastructure and reflecting how the importance of the IP Packet Core has evolved, and how the technology leaders in this area have also evolved.
Back in the “3G era” the Packet Core sat alongside the Voice Core, and was considered an adjunct to the Radio Access Network. The traditional RAN vendors would often bundle the core as part their end-to-end contract. Since initial data services where Mobile Broadband, and monetisation was just based on volume, 3G Packet Cores were all about “feeds and speeds”.
With 4G/LTE the all-IP nature makes the Packet Core the heart of Read More »
Tags: ACG Research, broadband, Cisco, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, LTE, mobile, mobile packet core, monetization, NFV, orchestration, Radio Access Network, RAN, SDN, service providers
Over the years, we’ve worked with many mobile operators around the world, and it is always very rewarding to work with those that are forward-looking and innovative. Portugal Telecom (PT) is very much one of these innovators. In developing and deploying new mobile services and the network architectures that enable them, PT has a rich history of success.
We had the opportunity last month to chat with Luis Alveirinho, Portugal Telecom Network Director, about how PT has designed its next-gen mobile network to deliver advanced business and consumer services with the highest levels of quality and reliability. Read More »
Tags: ASR 5000, Cisco, Evolved Packet Core, mobile internet, mobile packet core, mobility, Portugal Telecom, PT, Service Provider
As is often discussed, mobile data and demand for high-bandwidth mobile applications is exploding. Additionally, the business and technical landscape is changing dramatically – expanding competition, shift in revenue streams, next gen broadband technology deployments, move to all-IP architecture. These forces require mobile operators to build networks in new, “smarter” ways in order to address profitability.
This topic was addressed by Ash Dahod, Cisco SVP/GM of the Mobile Internet Technology Group, at 4G World – check out this video.
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Tags: Ash Dahod, ASR 5000, deep packet inspection, dpi, in-line services, mobile internet, mobile packet core, mobility, monetization, Service Provider, tpo, traffic packet optimization
The rapid proliferation of smartphones and the growing popularity of advanced mobile applications is well documented and often discussed and debated. Central to this is how mobile service providers are responding to this change in service types and addressing the rising expectations of mobile users.
Our daily interaction with the internet and its ability to inform and entertain has colored our expectations. Now as we “go mobile” with the internet, we bring along our fixed line expectations. We expect high throughput, high reliability, and high quality, no matter the application, no matter the access, no matter the location. Considering we’re now talking about high-bandwidth applications like music streaming, video, and web conferencing, as opposed to voice calls and text messaging, this is no small challenge for a mobile operator.
In order to provide these types of services quickly and reliably across a widely dispersed geography, operators like Telenor Norway are evolving their networks to 4G IP infrastructures. Cisco, as the recognized leader in IP, provides a comprehensive IP next-generation mobile network architecture that enables operators to build a high performance, highly intelligent 4G network with end-to-end security, reliability and tremendous flexibility.
Such a network enables today’s smartphones and advanced applications and allows operators to personalize the customer experience, deliver high-quality multimedia applications, explore new business models and develop innovative new mobile services.
At the heart of this network is the Cisco ASR 5000 mobile multimedia core. The ASR 5000 is a purpose-built platform featuring a distributed architecture, high-performance, high capacity, and high availability, combined with subscriber and network intelligence. Read More »
Tags: ASR 5000, EPC, IP NGN, LTE, mobile applications, mobile internet, mobile packet core, Service Provider