Cisco on Monday rolled out a new set of routers designed to allow wireless carriers to deploy mobile services more easily.
With the move, Cisco is aiming at Alcatel Lucent, which is a major player in wireless networking gear and betting heavily on low power and its new processors. In addition, Juniper is also targeting wireless network providers. Cisco's routers are installed at more than 500 service providers globally, including Comcast, NTT Plala, PCCW in Hong Kong, China Telecom and Tata Communications.
These telecom equipment makers are chasing carriers that are likely to struggle to keep up with traffic. Cisco estimates that there will be two network connections for every person in the world.
Cisco called its latest wireless effort the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers Systems. The idea behind the collective platform is to allow carriers to deliver mobile, video and data services faster.
Specifically, Cisco introduced three wireless service provider offerings:
- ASR 901 is a cell site router designed for 2G, 3G and 4G services.
- ASR 903, an Ethernet access router for mobile applications.
- ASR 9001, a smaller version of the ASR 9000 edge router.
These products run on Cisco's network virtualization, which mixes various parts of a network into one 96 Tbps system, as well as the company’s mobile framework.
For carriers, Cisco is pitching its wireless network routers as a way to speed up IPv6 migrations, improve returns on investment and make service management easier.