Cisco has announced that AsiaBell launched its broadband Mobile WiMAX service in central Kazakhstan, based on Cisco's comprehensive Broadband Wireless Solution. This is Cisco's first commercial WiMAX trial, before this Cisco was only providing WiMAX Core/IP/MPLS services with its Routers/Switches profolio to WiMAX service providers, this trial is really an initial milestone for Cisco, as Cisco is in WiMAX Access Network services too with it. If the trial is successful, Cisco ranking would difinitely be increase in internatinal WiMAX race.
"We are pleased to announce the first Mobile WiMAX offering in the Karaganda region. AERO is a convenient service for our customers, as it allows them easy, highly secure and cost efficient broadband access. In addition, we are also offering virtual private network and voice services. Cisco's Mobile WiMAX solution, including the WiMAX Forum certified base stations, enable us reliable indoor and outdoor coverage, which is essential for the roll-out of the service. So, mobile Internet is becoming a reality for small and medium-sized businesses and residents in the region. In 2009, we plan to expand AERO further across several regions of Kazakhstan and add video to our offering.”, said by Stepan Vadyunin, CEO of AsiaBell.
"Cisco is seeing enormous demand for broadband availability across emerging markets. This is driving significant interest in WiMAX, as it can be deployed rapidly and is IP compatible. Countries and service providers want to leapfrog and install networks which are fast and are able to support rich media applications and services. A transformation to next generation networks using WiMAX technology can achieve this.", said by Massimo Migliuolo, vice president, Cisco Emerging Markets.
Following are some facts/highlights of joint venture:
• The service is offered under the brand "AERO" and is targeting an area with a population of 1 million people, including business as well as residential customers.
• Citizens and companies in the Karaganda region can now enjoy the benefits of mobile Internet, be it for business, education, health care, entertainment or e-government services.
• For the rollout of the service, AsiaBell chose Cisco's end-to-end Broadband Wireless Solution, including an Internet Protocol IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network core, which was integrated with the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
• The solution incorporates the Cisco BWX 8300 Series Broadband Wireless Access System with Cisco 7604 Routers, Cisco ME 6500 Series Ethernet Switches and Cisco Catalyst® ME 3750 Switches, Cisco AS5350XM Universal gateways, and Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances. AsiaBell also offers subscribers Cisco modems for use with desktop and portable computers.
The Cisco BWX 8305 base stations provide Mobile WiMAX access services using innovative adaptive beamforming technologies that are designed to deliver excellent coverage and indoor penetration even in difficult conditions. Cisco's advanced beamforming technologies enable AsiaBell to deliver the desired coverage and capacity with fewer cell sites.
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