Belgacom expands relationship with Cisco

Belgacom has broadened its relationship with Cisco and purchased additional Cisco mobile Internet products to help evolve its network and provide Belgacom customers with mobile Internet experiences.

The Cisco products are the Cisco Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) and Cisco Mobility Management Entity (MME), key components of the Cisco Aggregated Services Router (ASR) 5000 Series.

The Cisco ASR 5000 Series provides the foundation for Belgacom’s new 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network, enabling it to deliver higher bandwidth and greater intelligence for faster mobile Internet services and an enhanced user experience. In addition, the Cisco ASR 5000 enables unified management of Belgacom’s existing 2G and 3G mobile Internet services.

Cisco Mobility Management Entity (MME) is critical to the network function of the 4G mobile core network, known as the evolved packet core (EPC). The Cisco MME resides in the evolved packet control (EPC) control plane and manages session states, authentication, paging, mobility with 3GPP, 2G and 3G nodes, roaming and other management functions.

Wim Bouckenooghe, head, Core Service Platforms, Belgacom said, “The Cisco ASR 5000 Series is a single-packet core platform that allows us to operate multiple technologies ‑ including 2G, 3G, LTE and small cells ‑ in our mobile network. Cisco’s elastic architecture also allows us to easily and rapidly scale mobile Internet services, which are a fast growing market in Belgium.”

Mike Iandolo, vice president and general manager, Mobile Internet Technology Group, Cisco said, “Cisco is committed to supporting the world’s largest mobile operators with multi-dimensional elasticity across network services, signaling, sessions and throughput ‑ part of an elastic, programmable, open architecture that helps operators manage resources between physical and virtual environments.”

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