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Cisco Expands its Mobile Internet Solutions with Starent Acquisition

October 15, 2009 - 2 Comments

I am excited that Cisco has announced its intent to acquire Starent Networks! This important addition, occurring at a time when mobile internet is undergoing massive transformation, would help enable Cisco to better meet the unprecedented needs of our mobile operator and service provider customers as they deliver the next wave of multimedia applications and data services.

To our mobile operators and service providers, this intended acquisition is very much in line with our “4G=IP” vision we’ve stated in the past would, if completed, extend Cisco’s world-class offerings in three key areas.

  1. Scaling mobile operator networks towards 4G LTE solutions, while protecting investment in 3G technologies, to meet the exponential growth in data services
  2. Offering personalized applications to deliver integrated user experiences, create differentiation, and increase ARPU.
  3. Developing innovative business models that deliver incremental revenue streams to address the shrinking voice revenues.

For more details on this announcement, our formal corporate forward looking statement disclaimer, and more insight on the trends causing the need the 4G mobile internet, please see the post by Simon Aspinall, another of our regular SP360 contributors, that is highlighted on our corporate sister blog, The Platform: Cisco to Aquire Mobile Internet Leader Starent Networks

Learn more about Cisco’s Mobile Solutions for Service Providers.

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  1. Thanks Pedro for your vote of confidence in the Starent acquisition. In addition to the SGSN, we will also have MME solutions for 4G LTE networks. All woven into an end-to-end IP architecture for the Mobile Internet that integrates IP RAN, Services Edge, EPC, as well as IP Core and Mobile Data Center.We are looking forward to working with our mobile operators, partners, CCIEs, etc., to achieve the scale, performance, and intelligence for personalized services. Together, we can Supercharge the Mobile Internet!

  2. I guess we all are. I’ve been Cisco certified for almost 10 years now, and have been working on the mobile packet core market for over 6 years. This year big decision was to shift from secure brand Nokia to the unknown but reputable Starent Networks … well it was worthy every penny i say.With Cisco integration, it looks like i hit the jackpot. I believe this is going to be a huge breakthrough for both companies. Cisco will have on their portfolio the BEST mobile ip solution in the market nowadays (in terms of service delivery ..Starents GGSN is beating competition ..) and Starent will have a strong anchor and resources to further develop and enhance both the mature GGSN and the speedy SGSN Congratulations for this terrific aquisition. You won’t be disappointed …Pedro