Bharti Airtel deploys Cisco ASR 5500 platform to improve mobile broadband

Telecom Lead India: Networking major Cisco said mobile operator Bharti Airtel has deployed the Cisco ASR 5500 platform.

The new Cisco ASR 5500 system delivers the scale that service providers need to address the evolving mobile requirements of their customers.

Besides Airtel, Cisco has deployed the Cisco ASR 5000 series with Telekom Austria Group, Verizon Wireless and others.

The new platform enhances 3G, 4G, 4G long-term evolution (LTE) and Wi-Fi mobile services.

“As we are transforming our network in order to cater to increasing demand for data services, we wanted a product that was scalable, reliable and one that could adapt to varying requirements and technology needs of our customers. As part of our packet core modernization we have chosen Cisco’s ASR 5000 series and have been very satisfied with its stability, scalability and integration across various technologies,” said Jagbir Singh, director, Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel.

“By 2016, more people will access the Internet from mobile devices than from desktops. Through the leading technology and services of the Cisco ASR 5000 Series and its newest member, the Cisco ASR 5500, Cisco uniquely offers service providers the opportunity to not only keep up with this surging demands from their customers in the ‘new normal,’ but also to enable their ability to grow profitability, to provide new differentiated services and to maximize the return on their existing investments so that they can thrive in the ever-evolving mobile landscape,” said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Internet Technology Group, Cisco.

“At Telekom Austria Group we see our Cisco mobile core network infrastructure as key enabler for advanced 4G LTE services. With the Cisco ASR 5000 Series as the evolved packet core, we can develop and deploy mobile services quickly, reliably and cost-effectively,” said Wolfgang Fleischer, group director, Core-Service Network, Group CTO Area, Telekom Austria Group.

“Verizon Wireless has been at the forefront of 4G LTE with the largest global deployment to date. Our tradition of innovation and leading advancements in mobility is supported through our relationship with Cisco. The Cisco ASR 5500 platform will help serve our needs for scalability and agility in service deployment models addressing consumer and enterprise markets,” said Tom Sawanobori, vice president, Network Planning, Verizon.

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