Cisco Partners NEC For LTE Networks

Enterprise networking giant Cisco is partnering with NEC to provide mobile phone carriers with high-speed long term evolution or LTE networks.

Under the deal, Cisco will be providing its ASR 5000 mobile internet network equipment while NEC will be providing its wireless network equipment eNodeB and mobile backhaul solutions.

The companies said that they had performed various interoperability tests in real-world and worst case scenarios settings, to verify that the LTE networks work in a variety of environments on a variety of mobile devices.

“Our ASR 5000 mobile multimedia platform, for example, provides a smooth transition to LTE and also the most suitable migration scenario, customized for an operator's service trends and network configuration," said Ash Dahod, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Internet Group, Cisco.

"Together with NEC, Cisco enables comprehensive interworking without impacting existing networks when deploying LTE." he added.

Tokyo based NEC is experienced in installing LTE networks for carriers including NTT DoCoMo and KDDI. The company is very much likely to benefit a lot from the deal as it would help it compete with radio access network providers like Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies.

The market for LTE networks is said to expand this year as carriers around the globe scramble to provide high speed mobile broadband to their customers.