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Cisco Ultra Packet Core

Redefine agility for service providers

Cisco Ultra Packet Core (UPC) changes the paradigm of agility for service providers. It’s the industry's most complete, fully virtualized, evolved packet core. It captures untapped revenue opportunities, particularly with Internet of Things and machine-to-machine connections. Cisco's UPC combines all packet core services into a single solution. 

Why you need the Ultra Packet Core


Help service providers nimbly scale new packet-core systems for markets such as automotive, energy, and healthcare. 


Service providers can keep their existing Cisco ASR 5500 Series investments intact while scaling them for other services.

Cost effective

Reduce the time for service providers to deploy new services. Decrease your operational costs.


Simplify migration to LTE EPC through a software upgrade. You won’t need extensive changes or equipment.

What’s inside Cisco Ultra Packet Core

Cisco MME Mobility Management Entity

Meet growing mobile-customer and network demands.

Cisco PGW Packet Data Network Gateway

The PGW is a critical network function for the 4G mobile-core network. It acts as the interface between the LTE network and other packet-data networks.

Cisco SGW Serving Gateway

The SGW forwards and routes packets to and from the eNodeB and packet-data network gateway. It also serves as the local mobility anchor for inter-eNodeB handover.

Cisco ePDG Evolved Packet Data Gateway

The ePDG is responsible for interworking between the EPC and untrusted, non-3GPP networks that require secure access. It is supported by the industry-leading Cisco ASR 5000 Series.

Cisco SGSN Serving GPRS Support Node

The SGSN provides high-capacity, standards-compliant network-access support. Get higher performance for less operational expenditure.

News and events

Cisco continues mobile core momentum

Cisco leads in packet-core market share, according to Infonetics Research Data.

AT&T and Cisco

AT&T uses Cisco Virtual Mobile Network technology in its connected-car services.

Telefonica and Cisco

Telefonica transforms mobile broadband with the new “LTE in a box” solution from Cisco.

XL Axiata and Cisco

XL Axiata is the first service provider in Asia Pacific to implement Cisco Virtualized Packet.