T-Mobile and Cisco Ramp Up 5G Performance

By Greg Tavarez December 27, 2022

T-Mobile provides a 5G network that is as high as four times the speed of its closest competitors. The Un-carrier’s Extended Range 5G covers 323 million people across 1.9 million square miles, and 260 million people nationwide are covered by T-Mobile’s (News - Alert) Ultra Capacity 5G.

Those numbers might look good, especially when drawn out on a map, but consumers prefer to judge a network based on its actual performance. T-Mobile knows this and is teaming up with Cisco to launch a scalable and distributed nationwide cloud native converged core gateway.

The automated converged core gateway simplifies T-Mobile's network functions across the cloud, edge and data centers to reduce operational life cycle management. The increased efficiency is an immediate benefit for customers, providing them with faster speeds. The new core is also more distributed, which leads to lower latency and advancing capabilities like edge computing.

This means that T-Mobile's 5G and 4G traffic are moved to the new cloud native core gateway to boost performance for customers with more than a 10% improvement in speed and latency.

“This cloud native core gateway takes our network to new heights, allowing us to push 5G forward by delivering next-level performance for consumers and businesses nationwide while setting the stage for new applications enabled by next-gen networks,” said Delan Beah, senior vice president of core network and services engineering at T-Mobile.

The automated converged core architecture is based on Cisco’s (News - Alert) cloud native control plane, optimized with Kubernetes orchestrated containers on bare metal. This method frees up over 20% of the CPU cores. The converged core solution uses a mix of Cisco’s networking solutions that include the Cisco 8000 Series routers, 5G and 4G packet core gateways, Cisco Unified Computing System, and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches with Cisco Network Services Orchestrator for full stack automation.

The new gateway also allows T-Mobile to shift resources with better agility and roll out services like 5G Home Internet. Additionally, it expedites time to market for new 5G and IoT services like network slicing and Voice over 5G by allowing T-Mobile to test and deploy new capabilities at scale.

“Our strategic relationship with T-Mobile is rooted in co-innovation, with a shared vision to establish best practices for 5G and the internet for the future,” said Masum Mir, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Networking Provider Mobility. “It will support the most advanced 5G applications for consumers and businesses today and enables T-Mobile to test and deliver new and emerging 5G and IoT applications.”

T-Mobile customers already reap the benefits of a reliable 5G network. The partnership between T-Mobile and Cisco shows the commitment to continue to innovate and improve consumer experience.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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