SoftBank Deploys Cisco's Segment Routing IPv6 Networks to Support 5G

SoftBank Deploys Cisco's Segment Routing IPv6 Networks to Support 5G Image Credit: Cisco

Cisco recently announced its collaboration with SoftBank on the world’s first Segment Routing IPv6 (SRv6) deployment. 

With the anticipation of the coming 5G era, Cisco has been assisting SoftBank to deploy state-of-the-art Segment Routing IPv6 (SRv6) networks nationwide to build a future network architecture that is extremely scalable, with improved reliability, flexibility and agility, all while helping to reduce CapEx and OpEx.

Current mobile networks are deployed as divided networks, with several layers and complicated control plane processing, which makes it difficult to respond to strict quality requirements like in the case of 5G. Deploying SRv6 in a 5G mobile network simplifies network layers and integrates user plane functions from end-to-end with only IPv6 protocol, making things simple, controllable, and flexible.

Junichi Miyakawa, Representative Director & CTO, Softbank
Converging 5G features into the end-to-end IPv6 layer with Segment Routing capabilities, is the key to embodying 5G in a simple, scalable architecture. With the depth of portfolio and strong network knowledge that Cisco brings to the table, we knew together we could bring our vision to life.

Sumeet Arora, SVP of Service Provider Networks, Cisco
SoftBank has kept an intense focus on improving service quality for its customers, which can be challenging when trying to reduce costs. With the launch of SRv6 network programming, it is pioneering the next phase of IP networking through automation, and championing the needs of its customers.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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