Indonesia’s Indosat Ooredoo has selected Cisco to build out a 5G-ready transport network based on software-defined networking (SDN) and segment routing IPv6 (SRv6) architecture. In a press release, the mobile network operator (MNO) confirmed its intention to cement its ‘decades-long’ relationship with the vendor in deploying the advanced transport platform in West and Central Java. The move to a converged SDN transport network is designed to simplify the network, optimise capacity and improve scalability while maintaining a consistent and superior network latency. Indosat claims the SDN transport network – end-to-end IP enabled with segment routing IPv6 – will be ‘capable of concurrently supporting enterprise, business and consumer broadband as well as fixed and mobile services’. It went on to note that 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’.