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As the industry's most complete, fully virtualized evolved packet core, the new Cisco Ultra Packet Core (UPC) solution redefines the paradigm of agility for service providers. It can enable them to capture untapped revenue opportunities, particularly with the proliferation of Internet of Things (IOT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.
Cisco's UPC combines all packet core services—for 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, and small cell networks—into a single solution. It provides those network functions as virtualized services, so you can scale capacity and introduce new services much faster and more cost-effectively.
Cisco's UPC is based on the same proven StarOS software used in Cisco ASR 5500 Series platforms. It is designed to distribute and orchestrate packet core functions across physical and virtual resources so you can easily transition from physical to virtualized packet " core services, or use both simultaneously.
Key Facts and Highlights
Cisco's UPC is the industry's first hardware platform and hypervisor-independent solution that combines network functions virtualization (NfV) and software-defined networking (SDN). This functionality helps service providers nimbly scale new packet core systems for markets such as automotive, energy, and healthcare.
Cisco's UPC allows service providers to leave intact their existing Cisco ASR 5500 Series investments and continue to scale them for consumer and enterprise services.
Cisco's UPC reduces the time for service providers to deploy new services and reduce your operational expenditures.
By 2018, there will be more than 19 billion network connections: 8.6 billion from personal mobile devices and six billion from M2M, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast.
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