VHA picks Cisco for mobile multimedia platform

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VHA picks Cisco for mobile multimedia platform
Cisco ASR 5500 Multimedia Core Platform

Terabit scalability promised.

Cisco has won a contract to supply further equipment to Vodafone Hutchinson as the telco rolls out its 4G LTE network in Australia, the network equipment vendor said today.

VHA picked the ASR 5500 3GPP multimedia core platform, which Cisco claims can scale to terabit per second performance, and tens of millions of sessions while providing traffic management and monitoring features.

According to Cisco, the ASR 5500 has enough performance and capability to support the equivalent of all simultaneous peak mobile traffic in North America for 2010.

The ASR 5500 provides general packet radio services such as support node, serving and packet data network gateways, subscriber related information and more. It also provides real integrated session-state intelligence that includes deep packet inspection at OSI network layers one to seven, for usage trend analytics and network planning.

Total power consumption for the ASR 5500 fully loaded is 12.8kW, with eight 80A feeds.

VHA is looking at switching on its 4G LTE network in June, attempting to claw back customers who have defected from the telco after years of poor service.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

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