Monday, February 8, 2010

Cisco Tunes ASR 5000 for the Evolved Packet Core

Cisco has rebranded and enhanced Starent Networks' IP-based mobile core as the Cisco ASR 5000.

Cisco said its mobile Internet network architecture will help service providers deliver subscriber services across any wireless access, including 2G/3G/4G --- from cell site to packet core to data center.

The ASR 5000 now forms the centerpiece of the Cisco mobile Internet network architecture, providing subscriber management from the mobile core. The product line will be managed by the newly formed Cisco Mobile Internet Technology Group, led by Ashraf Dahod, the former president and CEO of Starent Networks.

Cisco also introduced a new Mobility Unified Reporting System for the Cisco ASR 5000, providing mobile operators with a comprehensive set of reporting and management tools that help them optimize network performance, offer customized services and improve the mobile consumer experience.

  • In December 2009, Cisco completed its previously announced acquisition of Starent Networks, a supplier of IP based mobile infrastructure solutions targeting mobile and converged carriers.

  • Earlier in 2009, Verizon Wireless selected Starent Networks as a key supplier for the packet core of its LTE rollout.

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