Cisco announced that Bell Mobility has selected the Cisco ASR 5000 Series Mobile multimedia core platform to deliver 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile services in its next-generation wireless network.
The Cisco ASR 5000 Series will form the foundation of the packet core for Bell Mobility's LTE network, delivering higherbandwidth and greater intelligence for faster mobile Internet services and improved user experiences.
"LTE is the next step in ensuring Bell continues to deliver the best network across Canada to consumer and business customers. The Cisco ASR 5000 Series helps us provide a superior wireless experience and offer new and unique mobile services now and in the future," said Stephen Howe, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Bell.
Platform for High-Bandwidth Mobile Services
- Designated as a 4G mobile specification, LTE is designed to provide multi-megabit bandwidth, more efficient use of the radio network, latency reduction and improved mobility. This combination aims to enhance the user's interaction with the network and further drive the demand for mobile multimedia services. With mobile broadband, users can more readily access their Internet services, such as online video, social networking, and interactive gaming -- all on the go.
- The Cisco ASR 5000 Series is purpose-built for the complexities of the mobile network. It is a robust, multimedia services platform that brings a new level of network and customer intelligence to the mobile network. Such intelligence is critical to delivering real-time, personalized mobile services.
- The Cisco Mobility Management Entity (MME), a key component of the Cisco ASR 5000 Series, is critical to the network function of the 4G mobile core network, known as the evolved packet core (EPC). The Cisco MME manages multiple back-end functions, including authentication, paging, mobility with 3GPP, 2G and 3G nodes, roaming and other functions.
- The Cisco Serving Gateway (SGW) and the Cisco Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) are two essential elements to Bell's LTE core network. The Cisco SGW provides superior throughput and processing, while the Cisco PGW acts as policy enforcement, manages quality of service (QoS).
- By combining multiple functions into a single, carrier-class platform, like the Cisco ASR 5000 Series, Bell can reduce signaling overhead, distribute session management, and take full advantage of the network's control and user plane capabilities.
- According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2010 to 2015, two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be video by 2015. Cisco predicts that by 2015 the number of network-connected devices will be more than 15 billion -- twice the world's population -- and the total amount of global mobile Internet traffic will increase 26-fold, reaching 75 exabytes per year.
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