Thursday, 20 June 2013

Cisco opens innovation center with Pelephone


Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) announced that it has opened an innovation center in Israel together with Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Co. Ltd. (TASE: BEZQ) mobile phone unit Pelephone Communications Ltd. to develop and deploy a radio network topology for handling the surge in demand for mobile Internet services. Cisco said that it will test on Pelephone's live production network the world's first self-optimizing heterogeneous configuration that combines small-cell, Wi-Fi and macro technologies.

Cisco said that its self-optimizing network (SON) software, which automatically manages the solution, is a component of the recently announced Cisco Quantum software suite, an integrated suite of network management tools that give service providers such as Pelephone greater capability to efficiently monetize and optimize their networks as well as to deliver a superior experience. This technology is based on Cisco's $475 million acquisition in February of Israeli company Intucell.

Cisco CEO John Chambers currently in Israel to attend President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebrations said that the innovation center will employ 100 people.

Pelephone CEO Gil Sharon said, "We are always eager to innovate. We did it more than four years ago when we launched a high-speed access network and three years ago when we deployed the world's first self-optimizing network solution. Today, together with Cisco, we are delighted that the same technology will now enable us to transform our network with small cells and make it truly heterogeneous."

Cisco senior VP and general manager, service provider mobility business group Kelly Ahuja said, "Small cells have become a crucial element in any modern mobile Internet network. Without them service providers would be challenged to meet the coverage and capacity needs created by the explosion in mobile data demand and the shift of mobile traffic indoors. Through Cisco Quantum, we offer the industry's most compelling and holistic small cells proposition, stretching from the cells themselves right to the network core. We will demonstrate its capabilities with Pelephone."