Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications and Internet services providers; WiLine Networks, a provider of fast, flexible, affordable broadband solutions; and Telkom, a wireline and wireless telecommunications provider in South Africa, have joined more than 100 global service providers selecting Cisco as their infrastructure partner for wireless carrier backhaul and licensed data backhaul services.
•"Softbank's customers have come to expect instantly available mobile broadband wherever they happen to be, on whichever device they happen to choose," said Keiichi Makizono, Corporate Officer, Deputy Unit Head, Technology Unit, and Division Head, Network Division, SoftBank Mobile Corp. "We use Cisco today for backhaul, including the Cisco ASR 903 for Internet Protocol radio access network. The new Cisco small-cell backhaul technology will potentially help enable us to expand our service portfolio so that we can provide customers with anytime, anywhere access on any network."
•"With the accelerated growth of mobile networks, speed and flexibility are hallmarks of successful next-generation backhaul providers," said John McGuire, CEO, WiLine Networks. "WiLine Networks chose Cisco and the Cisco ASR 901 Series, which provides unequaled flexibility to both address immediate demands and the expected growth of backhaul driven by the advance of small cells. Our relationship with Cisco is a win for our customers, speeding time to deploy Ethernet services with best-in-class network solutions."
•"With the rapid growth in the number and sophistication of mobile devices, mobile networks are challenged to provide adequate capacity and performance," said Zoltan Miklos, executive, Telkom South Africa. "Telkom South Africa prides itself on delivering the highest quality and reliability to our customers. With that in mind that we are implementing the Cisco ASR 900 Series of routers for cellular backhaul and mobile aggregation requirements today, and look forward to utilizing the next generation in small cell backhaul."
To provide the ability to handle the many connections required in the Internet of Everything, Cisco's market-leading Cisco ASR 5000 Series evolved packet core sits at the heart of the market transition to 4G technology. With more than 210 deployments by global service providers, the Cisco ASR 5000 Series provides the elasticity necessary to meet the dynamic and ever-evolving demands of the mobile Internet.
Additional Supporting Quotes
• Peter Jarich, vice president of consumer and infrastructure, Current Analysis
"We've moved past the stage where small cells can be either licensed or unlicensed; operators need both sets of technologies. At the same time, we've moved past the stage where architecture (small cell versus macro cell) trumps the need for service intelligence backed by a solid focus on software. Cisco has proved that it understands these dynamics."
•Gabriel Brown, senior analyst, Heavy Reading
"Software tools that automate the process of abstracting and analyzing performance and service quality information are critical to operators that want to make real-time, and near real-time, decisions on network optimization and service delivery. The software layer is emerging as decisive to the operator's ability to both scale and monetize the network."
•Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Mobility Group, Cisco
"Data in motion presents a major monetization opportunity for service providers. As this data traverses access, core and cloud networks, the close orchestration between intelligent infrastructure and software enables our customers to optimize network resources through granular visibility at all levels. Cisco is unique in offering architectural solutions that capitalize on data in motion, and we are aggressively pursuing all aspects of our mobile strategy to be service providers' vendor of choice as they work to take advantage of the immense opportunities for their consumers and their business in the Internet of Everything."
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