Cisco SP Routers on a Fast Track
For Cisco’s ASR and CRS families of routers, the roll continues . . . even faster than ever.
Cisco today announced four more service provider deployments of Cisco solutions, including the ASR 9000 edge routing system, the CRS-3 core routing system and the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System for IPv6.
- Scandinavian mobile operator 3, a division of Hutchison 3G, is deploying the ASR 9000 to deliver 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, including faster mobile Internet and video, via its converged IP NGN.
- Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s largest cable operator, is deploying the ASR 9000 to aggregate and distribute enhanced video, data and voice services throughout its converged IP NGN.
- Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the U.S., is deploying the CRS-3 and ASR 9000 to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services.
- Consolidated Communications has deployed the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System to support new and upgraded services, and it also selected the Cisco Carrier Ethernet System for IPv6 to help enable existing IPv4 users to easily transition to IPv6.
These announcements add to the impressive list of service provider deployments announced in recent months.
ASR 9000 deployments announced include Polish Telecom, PCCW (Hong Kong), US Signal, Comcast (U.S.), China Telecom, Tata (India), FastWeb (Italy), Cox Communications (U.S.), NTT Plala (Japan), NBC (U.S.), Main One Cable (Nigeria), MegaFon (Russia), Texas Lone Star Network (U.S.) and North State Communications (U.S.).
In addition, new analyst reports just out add further evidence of Cisco’s market leadership: Cisco gained market share in service provider routing and switching in the second quarter of 2011, according to key reports issued this week by research firms Synergy and ACG Research. Cisco has gained core routing market share in four straight quarters and edge share two quarters in a row. Said ACG Research, “With 50.8% of the total market share, Cisco, the market leader, is rapidly moving on its next-generation switching and routing products across the entire fixed and modular…segments.”