T-Mobile picks Cisco’s Virtual Packet Core for 5G

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Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray details T-Mobile's plans to build a nationwide 5G network in the U.S. at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The Un-carrier is building out 5G in 30 cities this year, with customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas being the first to get it on 5G smartphones next year. (Manu Fernandez/AP Images for T-Mobile)

T-Mobile announced the completion of what the company claims is the world’s largest deployment of virtualized packet core, which is a big win for Cisco as well since T-Mobile used its software-defined network (SDN) architecture.

According to details announced both by T-Mobile and Cisco, T-Mobile has deployed a virtualized packet core across its network and thanks to the Cisco’s software-defined network (SDN) architecture, it can support more than 70 million customers.

In addition to the deployed virtualized packet core, Cisco has signed a five-year agreement with T-Mobile to continue buildout of T-Mobile’s 5G Packet Core and Policy Suite spanning hardware, software, and services.

Thanks to the Cisco Ultra Virtual Packet Core & Policy solution, T-Mobile can deploy 5G nationwide.

“This was a significant undertaking for us, shifting from a centralized to a distributed core architecture across our footprint, and we couldn’t have achieved that without virtualization,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile. “This means we can further our 5G plans with more flexibility and agility to deliver new services to our customers – and with Sprint, we’ll shift it all into overdrive!”

“The size and scope of this project with T-Mobile marks a milestone as the largest virtual packet core operating today,” said Jonathan Davidson, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “With this new virtualized architecture with massive scale, T-Mobile can launch new services with automated deployments, spending minutes to deploy what used to take months.”

T-Mobile is pushing hard to bring 5G with 600MHz deployments and expect it to be available to customers in 2019, with nationwide coverage in the US in 2020.

 

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