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Cathy K
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

Cisco is excited to announce the Cisco LTE Advanced 3.0 release is available for all ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 series platforms running on IOS XE 16.3(2). LTE Advanced 3.0 supports all scalable multi-core ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 series platforms with full dual carrier aggregation across all segments and regions.


Customers can expect the standard, rich feature set of Cisco Advanced LTE and Cisco IOS XE as well as:

  • Faster DL speeds Theoretical CAT6 speed of DL 300 Mbps means LTE Advanced is 2-3x faster than CAT3/CAT4 LTE and has even lower latency. Actual speeds are dependent on specific service provider live network LTE provisioning and channel bandwidth. Higher LTE performance will, in some cases, require a performance license upgrade (e.g. ISR 4221 and 4321 require a performance license upgrade to maximize LTE Advanced CAT6 DL 300 Mbps).
  • Increased scalability – Increased LTE Advanced CAT6 scalability with ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 Series’ separate multi-core data/control planes architecture.
  • Short installation time and rapid deployment – Quick branch turn-up for instant connectivity in remote offices, ATMs, construction sites, retail stores, and small-medium businesses (anywhere there is cellular coverage). Configurable for fail-over from wired WAN in case of wire line outages.
  • Full dual carrier aggregation LTE Advanced carrier aggregation utilizes multiple frequency bands simultaneously making it possible for carriers to transmit data to a device like a wireless router through a single “aggregated data pipe”. Devices switch frequency bands in just a few milliseconds. So, even if one band drops, the device stays connected via a second band.
  • Network resiliency – through IWAN diversity with or without another wired link and full carrier aggregation.

What are the key features?

Key features include: SMS, standalone active GPS, 4G MIB (3G MIB with full 4G extension), IMS Bearer QOS, Multi-VRF, Multi-PDN, and multiple profiles as well as:

  • Primary LTE Advanced - Wireless WAN link, WWAN IWAN diversity or seamless WAN backup (e.g. for remote offices, branches, even with ENCS Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and services).
  • Multi-carrier support - Expansion to additional geographies with more FDD/TDD multi-carrier frequencies means the NIMs can be easily reprogramed to a different carrier (within the same country) using firmware image switching and provisioning (using the same LTE Advanced NIM).
  • Integration with ISR 4000 and ENCS 5400 Series – Tightly integrated with modular ISR 4000 (including the new ISR 4221) and the new ENCS 5400 series, both leveraging rich IOS-XE based security and numerous other advanced NFV functions and services.
  • Enterprise Dying Gasp – This feature can program and send SMS messaging when ISR 4000 or ENCS platform power is lost (e.g. a text message such as: “This ISR/ENCS platform in building 24 has lost power”). A visible RSSI status BAR on module faceplate to help site installation and troubleshooting is also included.
  • Dual micro SIMs – dual micro SIMs for primary and backup SIM support (within the same country) with auto SIM detection capability.

LTE Advanced NIMs are now available on CCW. Look for these PID Names:

-           NIM-LTEA-EA (for North America and EMEAR)

-           NIM-LTEA-LA (for all India, China, Japan, Australia, ASEAN, and LATAM)

For more details and NIM product specifications go to:

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