Cisco rolling with WiMAX
Following the announcement of its Q2 earnings (story here), Cisco cleared what looked like a backlog of WiMAX press releases that covered various network implementations in far-flung markets.
The company said AsiaBell launched a mobile WiMAX service in central Kazakhstan, based on the company’s Broadband Wireless Solution and including an Internet Protocol Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network core, which was integrated with the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
AsiaBell’s Aero service is targeting an area with a population of 1 million people, including business and residential customers.
Russian wireless ISP Scartel is also installing Cisco mobile WiMAX technology for its Yota brand service. Yota WiMAX will be available in parts of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Cisco is providing Scartel with optical transport based on dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM), a high-speed IP/MPLS data network and data centre technology designed to support high-quality video distribution.
In the country of Georgia, mobile operator MagtiCom launched mobile WiMAX based on Cisco’s Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN), integrating mobile voice and WiMAX services into a single, converged network. MagtiCom is currently offering broadband Internet via WiMAX in the capital, Tbilisi, as well as in nine major cities across the country.
By the end of 2009, MagtiCom is planning to cover all key cities and regional centers of Georgia with WiMAX broadband services. The solution incorporates the Cisco Broadband Wireless Gateway (BWG), Cisco 7600 Series Routers, Cisco BWX 8300 and 2300 Series Broadband Wireless Access Systems, and Cisco Desktop Client Equipment.
Closer to home, Cisco said tw telecom upgraded its IP NGN network by adding Cisco’s ME 3400 Series Ethernet Access Switches to support its integrated, converged services. tw telecom’s IP-based services include high-speed Internet and data products for building and managing enterprise networks, as well as switched and transport services to carry voice and broadband services at transmission speeds up to 10 Gbps.