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Cisco Mobile IP Infrastructure Passes Rigorous, Independent Testing with Great Results

- September 9, 2010 - 0 Comments

Think Cisco is not a premier provider of mobile solutions?  Think again. 

Then think to check out the impressive results of the Light Reading/European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) independent testing of Cisco’s mobile IP infrastructure solution.  

This network replicated a large-scale mobile operator network serving more than 1 million subscribers at any time.  It used only production code and configurations.  The end-to-end design supported 2G, 3G and LTE on a single network (One Network – Any G), and it included Cisco equipment for IP RAN backhaul, edge, IP NGN core,  evolved mobile packet core, and data center that is currently shipping and deployed in customer networks.

I won’t bore any non-techies with down-in-the-weeds details – you can find all you want in the reports.   But, not only did the results of the independent testing meet or exceed expectations in all cases, they were 1) proven under real-world conditions 2) validated many competitive advantages and 3) highlighted several industry best-in-class situations and industry firsts.  

“Cisco was the first vendor to approach us with an offer to stage and test all these functions,” Light Reading wrote. “This came as a surprise, because Cisco has not been well known as a premier mobile infrastructure supplier, but things changed with the Starent acquisition.”

Light Reading concluded that “. . . Cisco, indeed, showed it is capable of delivering to operators the parts to build a next-gen mobile network that is scalable and shows state-of-the-art functionality. The mobile core tests of the ASR 5000, acquired from Starent Networks, are particularly noteworthy because they show Cisco’s position in the mobile core is rock-solid . . . our tests show Cisco can comfortably claim that it has the building blocks for key components in the backhaul, core wireline infrastructure, and mobile core and that it can support all mobile network generations and can scale sufficiently to meet the needs of the world’s largest carriers.”

Take that, non-believers.

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