Cisco continues to introduce opportunities for improved productivity in cloud to its service provider customers. Today, we announced that Tokyo-based NTT Communications Corporation has deployed the Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution for its cloud-based Unified Communication Service “UCaaS (Unified Communication as a Service) Plan.”
Cable operators. Mobile operators. Fixed-line service providers. MSOs. It doesn’t make any difference . . . Operators of all types are showing strong confidence in Cisco’s service provider routing platforms.
The most recent examples are Portuguese cable operator ZON Multimedia and Mobile TeleSystems in Russia.
ZON Multimedia has deployed the Cisco CGv6 to handle the transition of its Carrier Ethernet network to IPv6. ZON has worked closely with Cisco to drive activation of IPv6 features in its access, aggregation and Internet peering networks to implement a transparent, end-to-end IPv6 infrastructure.
ZON’s infrastructure is based on a Cisco IP NGN architecture using the Cisco ASR 9000 edge routing system as a point of convergence for all CMTS equipments such as the Cisco uBR10000 CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System) loaded with the latest-generation line cards.
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the leading telecommunications service provider in Russia and other CIS countries, has deployed the Cisco CRS-3 core routing platform to provide its rapidly growing audience of subscribers with high-quality Internet access despite the growing shortage of IPv4 addresses.
The Cisco carrier-grade Network Address Translation (NAT) solution deployed by MTS makes it possible to connect new users by offering one address to several subscribers. The capability to extend the system to 80 million address translations will enable MTS to centralize Internet access for several regional mobile and fixed networks. In the initial phase, Cisco NAT has been installed in Siberia. In future this technology will be implemented in all other regional subsidiaries across the country.
Cisco today announced its intent to acquire AXIOSS software assets that is designed to allow Cisco to Enable Service Providers to Generate New Revenue Opportunities.
SAN JOSE, Calif., READING, United Kingdom, HELSINKI, Finland – August 21, 2011 – Cisco today announced its intent to acquire service fulfillment software assets and associated employees from the UK subsidiary (formerly Axiom Systems) of parent company Comptel Corporation (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: CTL1V). The acquisition will enable Cisco to extend network and service management technologies across its next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) network platforms and enable service providers to more quickly and efficiently launch new video, data, mobility and cloud services to their customers.
“As more users, connected mobile Internet devices and bandwidth intensive applications drive the explosive growth in IP-based networks, service providers continue to invest in their infrastructure to support customers’ needs,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Network Management Technology Group (NMTG), Cisco. “With the acquisition of AXIOSS software and talent, we will help enable service providers to generate greater profits using a single management architecture to drive quick monetization and optimization of their Cisco network investments.”
Cisco will acquire the AXIOSS software suite, a fulfillment platform that strengthens the Cisco service provider management offering by automating ordering and fulfillment. The software will provide management capabilities for network services across Cisco’s five company priorities, and it will enhance Cisco Prime, which enables service providers to better manage their networks and network services. By integrating service management and fulfillment capabilities into Cisco Prime, Cisco continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovate around the convergence of services and networks.
“Through the acquisition of AXIOSS software and talent we will be investing in a unique set of technology and skills in the UK that will be a valuable addition to Cisco’s network management portfolio,” said Jordi Ferrer, managing director, UK Service Provider and Media, Cisco. “Cisco will deliver network management technology and services that will help service providers significantly increase the speed and lower the costs of delivering a wide range of voice, video and data services to their customers.”
The AXIOSS software suite has already been integrated into the Cisco managed services solutions. The Cisco Advanced Services operational support systems practice will offer implementation, customization and integration services for the Cisco Prime fulfillment platform as a result of the acquisition.
The AXIOSS team will bring strong software development and professional services skills to support the Cisco Prime platform. Upon the close of the acquisition, the AXIOSS team will be integrated into the Cisco NMTG and Cisco Advanced Services Group.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay approximately $31 million in cash for the acquisition. The acquisition is subject to various standard closing conditions and is expected to be complete in the third quarter of calendar year 2011.
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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.”
Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions and Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer talk about the value of industry analysts and their appreciation of these ”Conceptual Thinkers” after an analyst roundtable session they hosted on S+CC at C-Scape 2011. The robust and highly interactive discussion with industry analysts was highlighted by the participation of John Stenlake, CTO, Living PlanIT, who offered insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal.
The Value of Analyst Feedback @ C-Scape 2011
Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oimr9qGgwDI
Appreciation of Conceptual Thinkers – The Industry Analysts
Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7JJXDKku9Q
Living PlanIT @ C-Scape 2011
John Stenlake, CTO, provides insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0pRRXUmVWs