ASR 5000 Wins for Best Enabling Product/Technology for LTE by a North
Posted by Deborah Strickland on Nov 11, 2010 1:24:12 PM
Exciting day for Cisco at LTE North America 2010. Cisco's ASR 5000 has won an award for Best
Enabling Product/Technology for LTE by a North American Company. This award is a great recognition of
Cisco’s leading technology. Cisco’s ASR 5000 offers the simplest migration from 2.5G/3G packet core to
4G and provides the most flexible network architecture. Additionally, its 3G packet core is software
upgradable to all EPC functions, while allowing for integration of multiple EPC elements and even
2.5G/3G in a common node. This is a huge, cost-effective advantage, as there is a reduced need to
replace existing networks and provides significant network architecture flexibility.
Listen to Jon Morgan talk about the award as well as highlights from day 2 at the conference.
By supporting 3G and 4G within the same platform and offering seamless software upgrades from 3G to
4G, the Total Cost of Ownership for deploying an LTE/EPC infrastructure is significantly reduced. Cisco’s
ASR 5000 allows operators to get more from their existing 3G investment, there is also an opportunity for
cost outpacing revenue with the explosion of mobile broadband services.
The ASR 5000 is the only solution providing operators with a simplified migration through a true software
upgrade from 3G to EPC, no ‘forklift’ required. Its platform can serve as the Mobility Management Entity
(MME), Serving Gateway (SGW), Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) and Evolved Packet Data
Gateway (ePDG), separately or integrated into its platform. Mobile operators who want to have the
highest level of network flexibility and to smoothly migrate their networks can maximize their investments
and offer an exceptional experience to their customers.
The ASR 5000 was officially launched at Mobile World Congress in February 2010. It is the LTE solution
for operators around the globe, including Verizon Wireless, Cox Communications, Mobilkom Austria
Group, Telenor Norway and Telenor Denmark. The platform is in over 20 trials as well. Cisco is also
collaborating with Verizon as part of Verizon’s LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, MA.
What is the operators' perspective on LTE? Listen to Jon discuss his observations from the conference.