As shown in the most recent Cisco Visual Networking Index, Japan is one of the fastest growing countries when it comes to mobile data traffic.

Like many service providers, SoftBank, one of Japan’s leading mobile operators, has wrestled with how to manage this vast amount of traffic in an efficient and effective manner.

To address the challenge, SoftBank recently deployed Cisco’s ASR 901 and 903 routers in its mobile backhaul network.  These devices will help SoftBank not only better handle the growing volume of mobile traffic, but will do so in such a way as to reduce network costs and improve network reliability.


And as small cells have grown in popularity, becoming a critical part of the overall mobile network, SoftBank looks forward to deploying Cisco’s recently announced ASR 901S, a ruggedized version of the 901 designed specifically to handle outdoor small cell deployments.

The Cisco ASR 901S extends routing intelligence to the outdoor pole for metrocell deployments and features a flexible architecture that supports “any-G” access from any vendor.  Like the rest of Cisco’s small cell portfolio, the ASR 901S’s zero-touch provisioning and management can dramatically reduce an operator’s operating costs.

All of this will result in a more efficient mobile network that delivers advanced mobile services more reliably and with better performance.  And that should lead to satisfied SoftBank customers.