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Belgacom to use Cisco routers in 4G upgrade

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 1:05pm
Brian Santo

Belgacom is preparing to transition its 2G/3G wireless broadband network to 4G technology, using routers from Cisco as the centerpiece of the upgrade.

The Belgian company, which combines fixed, mobile information technology (IT), and media services, will use the Cisco Aggregated Services Router (ASR) 5000 to help increase bandwidth, improve speed, and add greater intelligence to its networks, as well as provide new broadband-based services.

Belgacom will be deploying Cisco's ASR 5000 Series for EPC bearer functionality, the vendor said. Cisco mobile packet core technologies will include co-located Gateway GPRS Support Nodes (GGSN), Serving Gateway (S-GW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (P-GW) to simplify network topology, provide service uniformity and simplify management.

Laurent Claus, Belgacom’s vice-president, customer ICT services, said, "We pride ourselves on enabling innovative new services for our subscribers, and through our work with Cisco we are able to offer greatly increased speed and capacity with the confidence that we have a platform to support future growth. We are delighted to be working with Cisco in an area that has such a positive impact on the end-user experience."

Earlier this year, Belgacom installed Edgeware equipment to enable multi-screen delivery of video.

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