Verizon and tech giant Cisco conducted a test of networking software that company officials hope could eventually lead to simpler networks and better user experiences.
The wireless carrier successfully demonstrated mobile video delivery at its Boston-area laboratory using Cisco’s open-source Information-Centric Networking software.
The companies said the Hybrid ICN approach to content-aware service offerings would focus network communication on “named data” rather than location identifiers such as IP addresses.
The system, in turn, could “dramatically simplify” next-generation network architectures. Its forwarding/caching strategies, officials said, maximize traffic localization and bandwidth savings “in backhaul/core via enhanced multicast.”
“Through our co-development with Verizon, we found that H-ICN empowers the network edge with low latency caching and computing capabilities for the support of new revenue-generating applications such as enterprise multi-radio access, augmented and virtual reality and IoT for 5G,” Cisco chief architect Dave Ward said in a statement.
The software could also enable dynamic adaptive streaming solutions and dynamic load balancing of media while improving network mobility, storage and security.
Verizon said a subsequent test also demonstrated inserting ICN technology into existing IP infrastructure and co-existing with legacy IP traffic.
“By demonstrating the benefits of a virtualized Hybrid-ICN network at scale, we showcased how the technology can simplify the way users access content in a mobile environment and lead to a better user experience,” said Verizon Technology Architecture and Strategy VP Srini Kalapala.
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