Service Providers and enterprises can now include multigigabit 5G wireless as an SD-WAN transport with Cisco’s new Catalyst Cellular Gateways. Go beyond Gigabit connectivity with multigigabit cellular edge routing that is fully manageable in Cisco SD-WAN vManage. Easily connect your gateway via Power over Ethernet (PoE). You can also bolster your SASE solution with multigigabit 5G for faster and more flexible cloud security.

What Makes 5G for Cisco SD-WAN Unique

In order to take advantage of 5G SD-WAN speeds where sub-6Ghz links can begin at 3.3Gbps and go higher with mmWave, multigigabit technology is required. Cisco SD-WAN  is the only 5G solution that combines a multigigabit  Ethernet interface, with multigigabit 5G wireless reaching speeds of 3.3 Gbps, as well as integrated management in the Cisco SD-WAN dashboard.  As a result, Cisco SD-WAN is able to offer multigigabit 5G wireless as an SD-WAN transport.

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Components for Multi-Gigabit 5G Wireless in Cisco SD-WAN
  1. Multigigabit routing: While competitor SD-WAN solutions are limited in their ability to offer Multi-Gigabit port options, Cisco’s Catalyst 8000 Edge Platform Family provides the necessary 2.5G, 10G, 40G, and 100G Ethernet port options to enable multigigabit 5G SD-WAN. In addition, Cisco Catalyst 8000 add powerful encryption performance and cloud tunneling capabilities for a faster, more secure experience. Cisco Catalyst 8000 accomplish this in a modest 1 Rack Unit (1RU) form factor with a sleek, low-power design that reduces op-ex costs and can connect your business in virtually any location.
  2. Multigigabit wireless: Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateways provides sub-6Ghz 5G signal that reaches up to 3.3Gbps. To use multigigabit 5G wireless as an SD-WAN transport link, simply plug the gateway into a multigigabit Ethernet port on your edge platform. The gateway provides IP Passthrough and bolsters reliability with dual 5G SIM cards for failover. Like all Cisco Catalyst products, Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateways contain the latest in Cisco Trustworthy Solutions to protect device integrity, authenticity and security.
  3. SD-WAN integration: While you can plug any vendor gateway into a Cisco Catalyst 8000; and plug a Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateway into any router or edge platform: the integration of both devices with Cisco SD-WAN provides convenience of remote management and simple policy implementation. In Cisco IOS XE versions 17.5 and later, you can activate, bring up and make changes to any Cisco Catalyst 8000 or Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateway. Deploy multigigabit 5G wireless connectivity in minutes for your SD-WAN fabric. Experience new levels of speed and reliability to the cloud.

Cisco SD-WAN is the only 5G solution with a Multi-Gigabit Ethernet interface, also known as mGig.

 Multigigabit 5G SD-WAN in Action 

Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateways activate multigigabit 5G wireless links with a few clicks in Cisco SD-WAN. Contact your Cisco salesperson or certified partner to learn more about Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateways and tell them you want multigigabit 5G wireless for SD-WAN! 


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