Cisco rolls out 5G toolkit for service providers

04 March 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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Cisco has unveiled a toolkit of solutions for 5G service providers, intended to drive revenue, and ultimately profitability, from their 5G infrastructure.  

The suite of solutions includes new software, hardware and flexible business models designed to support service providers’ needs for what Cisco calls the “Internet for the Future”.

Known as the Cisco Cloud Services Stack, it will cover mobility, residential, and content delivery, offering speed-to-market with virtualised 4G and 5G service creation 

“The path to profitable 5G for service providers requires thoughtful choices on the mobile infrastructure with a cloud-native core, trustworthy IP network, and an open radio approach,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Business (pictured).

“The ability to capitalise on 5G opportunities in the enterprise, IoT, data centre and security domains is a game changer. Cisco is the innovation leader on mass-scale architectures and cross-domain solutions that enable service providers to grow revenue, reduce costs, and mitigate risk. We are focused on helping our customers navigate the path to profitable 5G and supporting those needs with financing options and flexible business models that make sense for today’s global economy.” 

The Cisco Cloud Services Stack for Mobility is a cloud-based mobile packet core solution that can accelerate implementation of 4G and 5G mobility services, while reducing integration costs and overall networking complexity. It offers a carrier-grade NFVI platform with security, automation and assurance capabilities, running on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus fabric. It is deployed and supported through Cisco Customer Experience.  

Meanwhile, the Cisco Cloud Services Stack for Content Delivery uses Cisco’s cloud-native services stack with a dedicated cloud-native content delivery application to improve network congestion and quality of experience for video. This new offer enables a revenue-sharing model between Cisco and its service provider/content provider customers to unlock top-line growth, improving 5G profitability while helping to onboard new content creators quickly.

“With Cisco’s introduction of new high-performance router platforms for mobile transport, cloud-native enhancements to its mobile core portfolio, and unique funding and revenue sharing models, operators can more easily take advantage of what 5G has to offer,” said Heidi Adams, executive director, network infrastructure research, Omdia.

Globally, Cisco predicts that 5G will comprise more than 10% of all mobile connections by 2023.