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In the mobile Internet service provider business environment, a new breed of pure-play cloud providers has emerged. These competitors are adept at introducing new Internet services rapidly, without the complexity of operating a network.

This environment gives you the opportunity to offer similar hosted cloud Internet services. But with an advantage: greater control and efficiency from your secured network.

In the evolved mobile Internet, you can:

  • Unlock the power of visual network knowledge to increase operational excellence, deliver better customer experience, and expand value
  • Integrate heterogeneous access, core network, and cloud resources, both physical and virtual, across multivendor networks
  • Take advantage of cloud efficiencies through separate control and data planes
  • Gain web-speed agility to capture new revenue opportunities
  • Increase control over your network as you virtualize, orchestrate, and automate network functions


Cisco open network architecture for service providers is a comprehensive framework to make networks more open, more elastic, and more extensible. This new approach to service provider architecture consists of three functional layers:

The Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) layer includes both traditional purpose-built products and virtualized (or network function virtualization [NFV]) products.

The true value of the virtualized network stems from successfully orchestrating and automating the physical and virtual solutions as a single architecture. Cisco delivers this capability through the Evolved Services Platform (ESP), representing the orchestration and management capabilities within the Cisco open network architecture for service providers.

Cisco Open Network Architecture

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