Monday, February 13, 2006

Cisco Launches IP RAN Optimization for Mobile Operators

Cisco Systems launched an IP Radio Access Network (RAN) optimization solution designed to help mobile operators using GSM and UMTS networks to reduce up to 50% of their backhaul traffic.

The Cisco IP RAN optimization solution optimizes GSM and UMTS traffic at the cell site using IP and helps to enable end-to-end IP services. A key component to this is the Cisco MWR 1941-DC-A mobile wireless access router.

In a typical deployment, Cisco MWR 1941 mobile wireless access routers optimize and aggregate GSM and UMTS traffic at the cell site. In doing so, they reduce operator dependency on leased T1/E1 lines. The routers support traditional narrowband (T1/E1) and high-speed IP broadband (xDSL, WiMax, Metro Ethernet) RAN backhaul networks for greater scalability and network flexibility. Having an IP router at the cell site also gives operators the ability to deploy new services, such as IP cameras for surveillance, IP telephony, WiFi and WiMAX access, Internet connectivity and location-based services to reach new customers.

The Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) provides scalable aggregation and optimization services for backhaul traffic at the base station controller/radio network controller (BSC/RNC) site. The ONS platform can connect multiple cell site mobile wireless routers to a BSC/RNC, and in doing so can enable the mobile network operator to aggregate hundreds of connections on a single platform. The Cisco ONS 15454 MSPP supports a wide range of TDM and IP features, eliminating the need for dedicated TDM cross connect and ATM platforms at the BSC/RNC site.

"A revolution is taking place right now in mobility," said Larry Lang, vice president and general manager, Mobile Wireless Group, Cisco Systems. "Customers today demand a variety of services that will allow them to live, work and play in their fast-paced, mobile world. These new services drive new packet traffic, not only across new air interfaces, but also in the transport to each cell site."