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November 1, 2009

T-Mobile deploys Cisco’s IP backbone

To provide unified infrastructure for its Release 4 mobile architecture

By CBR Staff Writer

Mobile operator T-Mobile Czech Republic has deployed a new Internet Protocol (IP) backbone from Cisco, to provide a unified infrastructure for its Release 4 mobile architecture.

The cooperation with Cisco is a part of T-Mobile’s efforts to prepare its network for new technologies, such as next-gen mobile networks and IP-based telephony services. T-Mobile plans to move to a 3GPP Release 4 architecture to meet current network performance requirements and to be ready for developments in the wireless broadband space, including high speed packet access and 4G LTE services.

The companies said that the new IP backbone is based on the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System platform, which is the foundation for the operator’s internet protocol next-generation network (IP NGN). The services implemented at T-Mobile include, a carrier-grade application based on CRS-1 routers in the MPLS core, XR 12400 series routers in the MPLS edge, catalyst 6500 site switches, and the IOS XR carrier-grade operating system on all MPLS routers. The offering enables T-Mobile to deliver personalised data services to its customers.

Frank Meywerk, executive vice president of technology at T-Mobile Czech Republic, said:The need for broadband services is one of the most intensive drivers in the telecommunications industry these days. Customers want to exploit fast data services anywhere and anytime: check their emails, download information and content, share photos and videos within their communities. The Cisco solution helps us meet these needs and prepare the T-Mobile network for efficient implementation of 4G technology in the near future.

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