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.