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China Unicom teams up with Cisco

Written by Mark Evans
17/04/2018

Cisco has been collaborating with China Unicom is pursuing network transformation based on an ‘Industrial Internet’ and building ‘cloud + network’ synergy. Industrial Internet refers to the practice of traditional industries leveraging the advantage of big data, cloud computing, smart devices and networks to increase internal efficiency and the ability to provide service for external customers.

China Unicom's nationwide MPLS VPN backbone network covers 300 cities with more than 1,200 devices, and once it is connected with the IP RAN/SPDC metro network in the future, there will be several tens of thousands of devices involved. In addition, "cloud + network" integration requires the ability to provide traffic engineering service for each tenant and each application.

Segment Routing inherent benefits of network simplification, massive scalability and cross-domain operations support perfectly fit with China Unicom's needs. Interoperability between vendors' devices and controllers was a mandatory requirement.

Ma Jichun, chief engineer from the digital department of China Unicom's design institute CITC, said: "There is a broad space for China Unicom and Cisco to engage in close collaboration and work together to develop leading technologies such as Segment Routing and SDN. China Unicom will build future networks with an open attitude, to better meet the new needs of customers."