Cisco is pleased to announce that the Cisco Milan Innovation Center (MIC) located in Vimercate, Italy has joined the GSMA Open IoT Lab initiative. The MIC is one of Cisco’s centers of innovation and technical expertise for Cisco’s mobility network solutions for Service Providers. These solutions include Cisco Ultra Services Platform – a market-leading a multi-access, virtualized mobile core – as well as various functions of the Evolved Packet Core for 3G and LTE.

Most recently, the Cisco MIC has enhanced its resources to support Cisco Ultra IoT, which expands the capabilities of Cisco Ultra Services Platform to support and be fully compliant with the 3GPP Mobile IoT architecture, including support for licensed LPWA network access (i.e., LTE-M and NB-IoT). This allows Operators to provide connectivity for IoT devices requiring low power consumption, long range, low cost and security. Cisco Ultra IoT, introduced at MWC 2017 and now in trials with several Mobile Operators, evolves the Cisco Ultra Services Platform to offer new capabilities for IoT including:

  • Cisco Serving Gateway Node (CSGN), which terminates Mobile IoT access with uniform identity, authentication, and security, with deployment flexibility and dynamic scalability that leverages Cisco leadership in Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
  • Cisco enhanced Service Capability Exposure Function (eSCEF), which includes standardized APIs to expose network capabilities to applications for new Operator monetization opportunities.

The GSMA’s Internet of Things program launched the Mobile IoT initiative to encourage the development of Mobile IoT deployments around the world. It also created the GSMA Mobile IoT Open Lab Map as a resource that provides information on the location and capabilities of Open Labs in any particular region.

As a member of the GSMA Open IoT Lab program, the Cisco MIC provides lab access and services to IoT service providers, component and device manufacturers, and application partners to trial and develop new Mobile IoT devices and services. The MIC is able to arrange and host interoperability testing, demonstrations, Proof of Concept, and more.

To find out more about the Cisco Milan Innovation Center (MIC), please contact: admin@mic-ebc.eu


Brian Walsh

Senior Marketing Manager