Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cisco Extends Carrier Wi-Fi with 3G Plug-in, Mini ASR Edge Router

Cisco is looking to extend its considerable reach in campus and enterprise Wi-Fi by introducing licensed radio small-cell carrier capabilities.

The rollout includes:

  • Cisco 3G Small Cell Module for Cisco Aironet Access Points is Wi-Fi compatible and integrates licensed and unlicensed small cells with a plug-in 3G radio for ease of deployment.  Cisco said the upgrade slot on its latest Aironet APs could accommodate 4G radio plug-in, although this has not been announced so far. The 3G plug-in does not require a separate antenna as it uses the AP's antenna.
  • Cisco 3G Small Cell expands Cisco’s solution for enterprises with a channel to market for premises-based deployments.
  • Cisco ASR 901S is designed to enable wide-scale deployment of outdoor small cells by extending carrier-class small-cell routing to the outdoor installation pole to break the backhaul bottleneck.