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Sprint, Cisco reveal WAN solution

Mon, 07/09/2007 - 8:43am
Traci Patterson

Sprint’s business sales channels are now offering a WAN solution, jointly developed by Sprint and Cisco, featuring Cisco’s 3G Wireless WAN high-speed WAN Interface Card (HWIC).

Sprint said it is the only carrier giving customers the choice to leverage wireless connectivity (with security) directly to a multiple protocol label switching (MPLS) VPN-based network, via Sprint’s Data Link network or a wireless solution.

The Cisco 3G Wireless WAN HWIC solution, which is for use with applicable Cisco integrated service routers (ISRs), is part of the Cisco IP NGN architecture. For customers without compatible Cisco ISRs, Sprint already supports the AirLink Raven X EV-DO Rev. A modem with wireless WAN, Sprint said.

The joint solution provides high-speed wireless data entry via Sprint’s mobile broadband network for primary access to an IP/MPLS network solution, or to provide true redundancy for high-availability corporate networking solutions, Sprint said.

For the launch, Sprint is offering the solution as an extension of its managed network services and customer equipment support portfolio.

By the end of the year, Sprint expects to upgrade the vast majority of its mobile broadband network to the EV-DO Rev. A technology, which will allow for increased data speeds and enhanced security connection to Sprint’s IP or MPLS VPN networks.

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