MetroPCS taps Cisco to transfer mobile network services to IPv6

Summary:By letting the networking giant take the lead on the deployment, Cisco boasted that this sped up the timeframe for launching MetroPCS 4G LTE services on IPv6.

While still in the midst of its potential merger with T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS is moving full speed ahead in upgrading its mobile network with help from Cisco.

See also: Cisco taps Microsoft's Cloud OS for new datacenter portfolio

Specifically, the nation's fifth largest mobile provider has tapped Cisco for help with transitioning its mobile Internet services to Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6).

MetroPCS is using Cisco's Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution to filter the "the bottleneck" created by the depletion of IPv4 addresses.

Described as the "first step" in this transition, Cisco has already completed implementing end-to-end validation and first-office applications.

The networking giant also oversaw managing all programs, tools, processes and users. By letting Cisco take the lead on the managerial and deployment ends, it is being boasted that this sped up the timeframe for launching MetroPCS 4G LTE services on IPv6.

Topics: Networking, 4G, Mobility, Tech Industry

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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