Cisco Unveils ASR 5500 Mobile Platform
As mobile network traffic explodes, Cisco is deploying the ASR 5500 to power next-gen 4G networks.Networking specialist Cisco unveiled its appliance aimed at the next generation of mobile Internet networks, the ASR 5500 platform, which addresses the growing market for mobile network traffic. As businesses continue to adopt usage of next-generation applications and integrate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies into their network infrastructure, the ASR 5500 is an elastic packet core solution that integrates signaling, data, in-line services, and policy and charging control within a single platform. The platforms elastic mobile architecture allows applications to intelligently scale up or down to meet processing requirements, giving service providers the ability to adjust resources and adapt to multiple conditions and network usage patterns. To power next-generation 3G, 4G, 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and WiFi mobile services, Cisco has deployed the ASR 5000 series with global service providers including Verizon Wireless.
Change in the use of mobile networks is challenging network architects to build flexibility and elasticity into the mobile multimedia core in order to control its cost, Michael Kennedy, principal analyst at ACG Research said in a press statement. Our analysis of the Cisco ASR 5500 multimedia core solution compared to a leading competitors solution finds that TCO savings are up to 47 percent lower than the competitor. The savings are attributable to the Cisco ASR 5500s scale and integrated functionality that requires up to 65 percent fewer installed units.