T-Mobile moves 5G and 4G traffic to Cisco-powered core gateway

T-Mobile has moved its 5G and 4G traffic to the new cloud native core gateway – powered by Cisco, which immediately boosted performance for customers with more than a 10 percent improvement in both speed and latency.
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The new converged core gateway also simplifies operations for T-Mobile, allowing the operator to shift resources with better agility and roll out services like 5G Home Internet. It will expedite time to market for new 5G and IoT services like network slicing and Voice over 5G (VoNR) by allowing T-Mobile to easily test and deploy new capabilities at scale.

“This cloud native core gateway takes our network to new heights, allowing us to push 5G forward by delivering next-level performance for consumers and businesses nationwide while setting the stage for new applications enabled by next-gen networks,” said Delan Beah, Senior Vice President of Core Network and Services Engineering at T-Mobile.

Investment in automated converged core gateway assists T-Mobile to simplify network functions across the cloud, edge and data centers to reduce operational life cycle management. The increased efficiency is an immediate benefit for customers, providing them with even faster speeds.

“This is the type of network every operator aspires to. It will support the most advanced 5G applications for consumers and businesses today and enables T-Mobile to test and deliver new and emerging 5G and IoT applications with simplicity at scale,” said Masum Mir, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Networking Provider Mobility.

The automated converged core architecture is based on Cisco’s cloud native control plane, optimized with Kubernetes orchestrated containers on bare metal, freeing up over 20 percent of the CPU (Central Processing Unit) cores.

The converged core solution uses a mix of Cisco’s networking solutions including the Cisco 8000 Series routers, 5G and 4G packet core gateways, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches with Cisco Network Services Orchestrator for full stack automation.