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Cisco Keeps Moving in Mobile

Already number one in the mobile infrastructure market (ACG Research, May 2012), Cisco continues to press ahead.

With worldwide mobile network traffic expected to increase 18-fold between 2011 and 2016 (Cisco Visual Networking Index) Cisco today introduced the foundation for a new generation of mobile Internet networks — the ASR 5500.

The ASR 5500 extends the industry-leading Cisco ASR 5000 series and delivers the agility and scale service providers need going forward. As the industry’s first elastic mobile solution, the ASR 5500 was designed to enable operators to address the “new normal,” which includes:

  • Dramatic growth of mobile lifestyle devices –  consumers are buying sophisticated and powerful Internet-enabled devices and expect to be able to use them at home, at work, and on the road via bring-your-own-device or BYOD.
  • Desire for application freedom – explosive growth in applications by users, always-on applications and “chatty” devices.
  • Rise of the Internet of things – connecting billions of machines – not just people.

The ASR 5500 is purpose-built to maximize performance of the proven software shared across the ASR 5000 family, resulting in massive increases in throughput — scaling from hundreds of gigabits to the industry’s only terabit performance platform — scale and number of sessions supported.  The ASR 5500 is also the only elastic packet core solution capable of integrating signaling, data and in-line services within a single platform.

Not least, the ASR 5500 greatly improves network economy, with as much as a 45-percent reduction in operational expenditures and as much as a 55-percent reduction in footprint from the nearest competing product.

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