PLDT Picks Cisco SDN Transport
March 9, 2020
Philippines’ leading digital services provider PLDT and its wireless
unit Smart Communications have announced that they are now ready to
deliver 5G services on the new converged SDN transport infrastructure
provided by Cisco. This is a critical milestone which has completely
transformed PLDT’s network transport architecture, delivering on its
promise to build one of the most modern transport networks in Asia.
The transformation to a converged SDN transport network simplifies the
network, increases capacity and improves scalability while maintaining a
consistent and superior customer experience. It is capable of
concurrently supporting fixed and mobile services pertaining to consumer
broadband, enterprise, small and medium businesses, retail and wholesale
business models, real-time immersive experiences, as well as IoT
connectivity and value-adds.
The new network is an end-to-end IP and optical network enabled with
segment routing, providing a unified, policy-aware network architecture
with seamless integration between the transport and the data centre
domains. Segment routing also provides the network with the most
cost-effective end-to-end network slicing and low latency capabilities,
which are key 5G requirements.
a central SDN controller enabling automated operations, PLDT is able to
reduce costs with the simplification of the network, removing redundant
layers, legacy technologies and overlapping functionalities.
“Following the announcement of our collaboration in April 2019, we have
worked closely with Cisco and now have a transport network that can
unleash the full potential of 5G while allowing PLDT to deliver a
consistent, superior customer experience regardless of the network
utilization," said Mr. Joachim Horn, Chief Technology and Information
Advisor of PLDT and Smart Communications.
“Together with PLDT, we have delivered a 5G-ready network with converged
IP and optical layers that is designed to exceed all PLDT consumer and
business customer needs,” said Sanjay Kaul, President, Asia-Pacific and
Japan, Cisco Service Provider Business. “Our focus is to ensure that
PLDT has a strong foundation from which to grow revenues, reduce costs
and mitigate risk.”