Cisco has recently revealed that SFR, a mobile telecommunications provider in France, has decided to form a relationship with the company in order to enhance and expand its mobile Internet network. SFR is expanding its network to increase the rate at which its advanced 4G long term evolution (LTE) services are deployed.
The next generation Internet architecture that Cisco powers includes an elastic packet core, mobile backhaul, and service provider Wi-Fi solutions. This will help SFR deploy larger range radio networks (2G/3G, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE), capture new business opportunities, and adopt new business models.
SFR will also be able to rapidly meet growing network demands, and it’s all thanks to the simplicity of the all-IP architecture that provides operational efficiency that is critical in allowing the company to be first to market.
SFR’s new network will supply customers spread throughout France with a higher quality of service over 4G LTE and higher network speeds, supported by high capacity mobile backhaul and Wi-Fi access. This is a huge part of SFR’s persistent efforts to deliver a supreme mobile experience according to recent reports. SFR is currently serving more than 20 million customers in its mobile network over its 2G/3G mobile network.
Interestingly, Cisco was the very first provider in France to offer 4G LTE benefits to its customers. At the end of June 2013, SFR will cover 10 cities in 4G, which includes Lille, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and Marseille. SFR’s 4G LTE offers speeds up to one gigabit per second.
Along with the 4G deployment, Cisco will also support SFR’s 2G and 3G cellular networks with its Cisco Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) and Cisco Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN). In support of SFR’s efforts to improve customer retention, Cisco’s Wi-Fi solution provides highly secure, carrier grade access to enable a high quality mobile experience overall.
Edited by Jamie Epstein