Cisco announced that it will demonstrate its mobility solution portfolio, using newly acquired technology from Starent Networks, with Verizon Wireless during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Last year, mobile phone ownership exceeded four billion users -- which equates to nearly 60 percent of the world's population. And, smartphone sales are rising fast -- with year-end forecasts for 2009 showing smartphone adoption representing 17 percent of total handset shipments.
By 2013, more than one billion people will own a smartphone, according to the latest market study by Futuresource Consulting. With that upside market opportunity on the horizon, forward-looking service providers are preparing their networks for the inevitable increased demand for broadband applications.
With Starent, Cisco is a leader in LTE technology, which promises to deliver a rich user experience across multiple access networks through increased radio capacities and higher speed data networks.
As a participant in Verizon Wireless' LTE Innovation Center and the CES event, Cisco will support several LTE demonstrations utilizing its Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) solution, which is a key element of the Verizon Wireless' LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network as well as the overall end-to-end core network offering for mobile and converged service providers.
Foundation for High-Demand Multimedia Services
Its Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) solution is designed to provide mobile operators with the highest levels of flexibility in architecting their networks, combined with superior performance and the intelligence required for high-demand multimedia services and an enhanced subscriber experience.
The Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center provides an environment for diverse companies to work together to develop innovative products that will leverage 4G LTE technology.
Both Cisco and Starent Networks have long-standing relationships with Verizon Wireless. In February 2009, Verizon selected Starent Networks as one of its mobile core vendors for its 4G LTE network deployment and is using its multimedia core network equipment to enable next-generation multimedia applications.
Platform for Next-Generation Mobility Applications
Verizon Wireless' network incorporates leading Cisco technologies, including the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, Cisco ASR 9000 Series Routers, Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers and the Starent ST-series to expand both capacity and capabilities of backhaul and packet core for its 3G/4G mobile Internet services.
"We continually strive to enhance the user experience with mobile multimedia communications and our aggressive build-out of an LTE network will further subscribers' abilities," said Tom Sawanobori, vice president network and technology, Verizon Wireless. "Working with our LTE ecosystem partners including Cisco and Starent, we will make a highly mobile, broadband experience a reality for customers."
Verizon recently selected Starent's Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) as part of its mobile core infrastructure. The addition of this functionality will allow Verizon Wireless to provide a more consistent experience to their subscribers when roaming outside North America on GSM/UMTS networks. Verizon Wireless currently offers voice roaming in 215 destinations and data roaming in 195 destinations.
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