Cisco is busy redefining the network, as it announces its ‘5G Now’ portfolio. Targeting service providers, it will enable them to go full throttle on their 5G roadmap.
5G services means new services at significantly faster speeds, expanded capacity and stronger coverage to accommodate the more than 27 billion connected devices. Beginning 2020, 5G connections will grow more than a thousand percent from 2.3 million in 2012 to over 25 million in 2020.
At the Mobile World Congress, Cisco is committed to showing service providers and mobile operators why 5G is important to plan for, and what they can really do with it. Cisco will focus on three things services, infrastructure and automation.
Cisco uniquely offers its customers a cloud-to-client approach for 5G networking, resulting from its investments and commitment to developing cloud applications and services, to help customers unify multi-vendor solutions into a single, standards-based architecture. Key elements in the Cisco ‘5G Now’ portfolio comprises of Multi-cloud, IP core, security and professional services.
‘5G Now’ also offers, 5G Packet Core and Service Edge. With its cloud-native, mobile virtualized packet core, Cisco provides a unified platform for service enablement over licensed and unlicensed radio solutions and IoT services – all the way to the network edge.
Cisco will be demonstrating a number of client services that can be delivered today including Managed Cisco Spark for collaboration service over mobile, virtual managed services for cloud-based SD-WAN business services, and the Cisco Jasper platform for IoT.
‘5G Now’ also offer Stealthwatch for enhanced breach detection and visibility within Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and network slices, Stealthwatch Cloud for cloud-managed network security, and the Cisco Umbrella Security Suite.       Read more…

Syeda Beenish

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