Swisscom Mobile offers Seamless Mobile Data Handover Service using Cisco Mobile Exchange Technology
ZURICH, Switzerland, December 1, 2004 - Cisco Systems, Inc. announced today that technology from its Cisco Mobile Exchange (CMX) product portfolio is being used by Swisscom Mobile for the delivery of its "Mobile Unlimited" solution, an innovative data service targeted at business customers who require "anytime, anywhere" connectivity for their laptops. Mobile Unlimited is a world-wide première and offers uninterrupted and secure connectivity optimized by client software co-developed with Whitestein Technologies. The solution automatically selects the optimal wireless technology available and helps allow subscribers to avoid multiple log-ins, using a purpose built 3-in-1 PC Card developed by Option Wireless. A key network component of Mobile Unlimited is the Cisco Mobile Exchange, which assists the deployment of multi-access mobile data services.
With Mobile Unlimited, Swisscom Mobile allows subscribers the freedom to access data from the fastest transmission technology (UMTS, GPRS, WLAN) available in their current location. Whether traveling by ferry, train or bus, users can have confidence in an uninterrupted connection as they roam between technologies. With over 800 Public Wireless LAN Hotspots from Swisscom Mobile by the end of 2004 throughout Switzerland, country-wide GPRS coverage and UMTS coverage in densely populated urban areas, Mobile Unlimited subscribers will have access to the highest available connection speeds. With the Cisco Mobile Exchange technology, Swisscom Mobile is able to track the connection as the subscriber roams between GPRS, UMTS and WLAN networks and bill appropriately.
"With the Cisco Mobile Exchange solution, we have a technology which is fully scalable, helping ensure a user-friendly experience for our Mobile Unlimited customers," said Urs Schaeppi, Head of Commercial Business and Member of the Board at Swisscom Mobile. "The ability to provide seamless mobility between GPRS, UMTS, WLAN as well as other technologies in the future, such as EDGE, was key in our decision to develop this relationship with Cisco. This has helped to successful deliver our new innovative mobile data service that truly turns a business traveler's laptop into a productive mobile office wherever he is".
This significant capability to support seamless connections for Mobile Unlimited subscribers is accomplished through Cisco Mobile Wireless Home Agent, which helps enable mobility through the use of mobile IP using the Cisco Catalyst Series Multiprocessor WAN Application Module (MWAM). Taking advantage of Cisco Mobile Exchange broad functional capabilities, Swisscom Mobile is deploying redundant Cisco Service Selection Gateway (SSG), Subscriber Edge Services Manager (SESM) and Cisco Access Registrar RADIUS Server for authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) and Cisco IP Transfer Points (ITP) for authentication and interconnection with the traditional Home Location Register for service authentication. At Public Wireless LAN Hotspots, Cisco Catalyst® series switches connect Cisco Aironet Access Points to the network, while Cisco Access Routers provide the public WLAN connectivity back to the data center and finally to the Internet.
"This deployment demonstrates our continuing commitment to work with mobile network operators to develop and deploy new revenue-generating services using the intelligence of their Cisco infrastructure," said Massimo Migliuolo, VP of Mobile Sales Worldwide, Cisco Systems. "The elegant and seamless delivery of Swisscom Mobile's exciting, new Mobile Unlimited service across the country is testimony to the increasing importance of providing a technology foundation that facilitates the ease of use of mobile data services for subscribers so that they can focus on accessing value added services."
About Swisscom Mobile
Swisscom Mobile is the clear number one in the Swiss mobile communications market with a market share of around 66%. In 2003 Swisscom Mobile generated revenues of CHF 4,14 billion. The company has about 3.9 million NATEL® customers. Since 1 April 2001 Swisscom Mobile has been a public limited company in which Swisscom Ltd has a 75% shareholding. The British Vodafone Group, global market leader in mobile communications, has entered into a strategic partnership with Swisscom Mobile taking a 25% holding. The NATEL® network supports all new technologies such as GSM, HSCSD, GPRS, UMTS and is expanded with Public Wireless LAN in popular places. With 99.7% GSM-coverage it is Switzerland's best mobile network. It is also the only one to provide access to more than 377 mobile networks worldwide.
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