Telecom Lead India: Cisco has unveiled the Cisco ASR 5500 platform, which the
company claims as the foundation for a new generation of mobile
The new Cisco ASR 5500 system extends the industry-leading Cisco ASR
5000 Series and delivers the agility and scale that service providers need to meet
the evolving mobile requirements of their customers.
Cisco claims the new Cisco ASR 5500 system is the industry’s first elastic
solution for mobile networks. It was designed to capitalize on breakthroughs in
software architecture optimized on new, purpose-built hardware.
The architecture of the Cisco ASR 5500 system addresses the three
multi-dimensional challenges known as the new normal”: Dramatic growth
of mobile lifestyle devices, increased usage of next-generation
applications and rise of the Internet of things.”
With worldwide mobile network traffic expected to increase nearly 19-fold between
2011 and 2016, Cisco is helping businesses address the demands created by their networks. The BYOD
movement and explosive growth in applications by users, always-on applications
and those that continually interact with the network put tremendous pressure on
By 2016, more people will access the Internet from mobile devices than from
desktops,” said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile
Internet Technology Group, Cisco. 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.”
The latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011 to 2016) predicts
there will be nearly 19 billion mobile and fixed connections to the Internet by
2016. Each connection has its own specific requirements, based on device type
and application used, that must be met to deliver a superior and personalized
mobile experience, your way.”
The Cisco ASR 5500 system delivers unprecedented levels of performance and elasticity to
help service providers by offering several unique capabilities, including the
ability to integrate signaling, data, in-line services, and policy
and charging control within a single platform. The solution offers 10-times
performance improvement in throughput, capable of scaling from hundreds of
gigabits to a terabit platform.
The solution also features proven software platform shared across the Cisco ASR
5000 Series, minimizing operational complexities and accelerating time-to-market.
The new Cisco ASR 5500 is available now.
To power next-generation 3G, 4G, 4G long-term evolution (LTE) and Wi-Fi mobile
services, Cisco has deployed the Cisco ASR 5000 series with several leading
global service providers including Bharti and Verizon Wireless.