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Cisco Enhances IP NGN Carrier Ethernet Design for Video Services

The introduction of a 40 Gbps line card for a big router (http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2008/prod_091508.html) and things like an SLA and a cell-site router doesn’t necessarily jump off the page as the being one of the biggest things happening. But when you step back and take another look, you realize that Cisco’s September 15 announcement — focusing on video and business services, broadband mobility, and carrier-class reliability — was another significant point supporting what we’ve all been saying over the past year: video is having a huge effect. Consider . . . the YouTube phenomenon, the significant growth predictions provided by Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2008/prod_061608b.html), and the growing acceptance that we are now in the Visual Networking era -just to name a few things. So, even if Monday’s announcement didn’t cause you to spill your coffee, the introduction of things like a line card, some new offerings, and enhancements to existing products are critical to Cisco’s support of video as the transformational medium for consumers and businesspeople alike.

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