Cellco 3 Italia (H3G Italia) has contracted equipment vendors Ericsson and Cisco to transform its mobile IP backbone network in a bid to expand its network capacity and increase data throughput. As part of the project, Ericsson and Cisco will deliver their router technology with a scalable, consolidated platform that enables personalised services for both fixed and mobile users. The proposed architecture for 3 Italia also includes Cisco’s Firepower 9300, a security appliance that protects the mobile packet core to improve both performance and service stability.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, CK Hutchison’s subsidiary 3 Italia launched the country’s first commercial 3G service in March 2003 and its HSPA+ network currently covers 97% of the population. LTE services were subsequently introduced in Acuto in November 2012.