Cisco Maps IP-led Path to 5G Profitability With New Lineup of Cloud Software and Hardware for Mobile
Today Cisco announced new mobility solutions aimed to help service providers drive revenue and profitability from their 5G infrastructure.
As 5G preparation takes over, service providers are facing pressures to transform their networks to accommodate the oncoming traffic growth. According to the Cisco Annual Internet Report, there will be nearly 30 billion connected devices by 2023, nearly half of those will be mobile. Global 5G connections will be more than 10 percent of these total mobile connections.
Service providers are focused on how to grow profitability and show return on investment from their network buildouts. Cisco is focused on delivering the critical foundation that begins where the radio ends, including the converged IP ‘multi-haul’ network, packet core and mobile/cloud-native core along with a horizontal layer of automation, trust, and security.
As the company continues working with its customers on 5G rollouts around the world, it has responded with unique additions to its portfolio featuring new software, hardware and flexible business models designed to support service providers’ needs for the Internet for the Future
To help reduce the headaches associated with integrating multi-vendor “telco stacks” of hardware, software and services capabilities, Cisco has designed a common foundation that allows for agility and growth at scale with minimal disruption. The new Cisco Cloud Services Stack for Mobility is a cloud-based mobile packet core solution that accelerates the implementation of 4G and 5G mobility services, reduces integration costs and overall networking complexity. It offers a carrier-grade NFVI platform that is pre-integrated, pre-validated, and embedded with security, automation and assurance capabilities, running on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus fabric. It is deployed and supported through the Cisco Customer Experience.
5G services will require lower latency and much more bandwidth. Cisco’s Annual Internet Report shows that a 5G connection will generate up to three times more traffic than a 4G connection. For high bandwidth services like AR, VR and IoT services to thrive, it is best to be as close to the end-user or “edge” as possible. Multi-access edge computing (MEC) enables service providers to create a “service edge” at the last mile of their networks enabling better experiences. These can be delivered to the enterprise as managed services, and help the enterprise offer new services to their end-customers including, AR, VR, content delivery, etc.
Cisco Cloud Services Stack for Residential is designed to improve network operations and performance across residential access networks. It enables a cloud-native architecture for the broadband network gateway by centralizing the control plane, improving network resiliency and simplifying operations. This cloud-native architectural approach also provides a distributed user plane improving overall network performance by pushing forwarding decisions closer to the user and opening up network architectures to embrace a new service edge for new revenue opportunities like content delivery.
The Cisco Crosswork Network Controller is revolutionizing customer operations by streamlining complex tasks with a turnkey integrated solution to simplify end-to-end provisioning. Network operators will experience improvements in quality with intelligent bandwidth controls and visibility with network and services inventory, resulting in a faster time to revenue and time to remediate.