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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Lightwire

Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Lightwire, Inc. Headquartered in Allentown, Penn., with offices in Santa Clara, Calif., Lightwire develops advanced optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking applications.  The acquisition will allow Cisco to deliver cost-effective, high-speed networks with the next generation of optical connectivity, allowing service provider and data center customers to meet the growing demands of video, data, voice, mobility and cloud services.

To view the full press release, please click here.

Cisco Mobile Internet News — It Just Keeps Coming

Mobile World Congress, the huge service provider-focused event, takes place next week in Barcelona, and Cisco has gotten a running start this week with much news about operator deployments:

  • Magyar Telekom, Hungary’s largest telecommunications company, is using Cisco Mobile Internet solutions to deploy 4G/LTE multimedia services. Magyar Telekom, part of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom Group, selected the Cisco ASR 5000 Series mobile multimedia core platform, ASR 9000 Series routers and ME 3800X Series Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers to help transform its network for delivery of advanced mobile services like video, social networking and high-speed Web browsing.
  • LG U+, a service provider in Korea, will trial two Cisco mobile Internet offerings to deliver voice, video and messaging services to its rapidly growing number of 4G/LTE customers. The Cisco V2oLTE solution, based on the ASR 5000, will help LG U+ meet the performance challenge of carrying voice traffic over LTE.  
  • Softbank, in Japan, recently became the first mobile operator in the world to deploy the Cisco ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router, and Softbank is now seeing the benefits of its high performance and small footprint.   Cisco recently spoke with two Softbank executives about this.
  • Another operator, Vodafone Hungary, is thinking about how not only to manage, but monetize, mobile traffic.    Hear two of Vodafone Hungary’s strategic and technical leaders discussing how Vodafone Hungary is planning to leverage the intelligence in the ASR 5000 to design new services, deliver differentiated services and develop new business models.

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Cisco Going the Distance . . . 3,000 km

 Cisco is really stretching it out when it comes to 100 Gigabit DWDM.

Today, Cisco announced successful demonstration and validation of its coherent 100 Gigabit (100G) DWDM solution exceeding 3,000 km in reach.  

Cisco is the first to deliver 100G at 3,000 km distances without the need for complex Raman optical amplification technology or signal regeneration signals.  This distance is 50-percent further than any non-Raman alternative solution on the market today.

What does this mean?  

Well, by eliminating the need for Raman amplification, regeneration and dispersion compensation, carriers can add 100G services on top of existing infrastructures originally designed for 10G technology.  That means better investment protection and a simpler network upgrade process.

The Cisco solution has been tested at a number of service providers and research networks, including US Signal. The performance was also validated by EANTC, the European Advanced Network Test Center.

For more detail, follow the live links embedded above.

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Deloitte Consulting Presents: Risk and TCO in Single and Multivendor Networks

This Thursday, Deloitte Consulting will be presenting their research findings on ‘Risk and TCO in Single and Multivendor Networks’ during a live global webcast.  This is a topic that we’ve talked about with many of you and I hope you will find the content interesting!

In addition to Deloitte Consulting, we will also be joined by two customers, Pella Corporation and Cadence Design Systems, who will share their own experiences of single vs multivendor strategies.

Webcast Information
Date: Thursday 23rd February
Time: 08.00 Pacific Time / 11.00 Eastern Time / 17.00 Central European Time

To join the broadcast, please register here.

For those of you unable to join us live, a recording will be available via this same link post-event.

As always, we welcome your feedback.  If you would like more information on the broadcast, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Additional Resources:
“Deloitte Consulting Presents: Risk and TCO in Single and Multivendor Networks” – overview of webcast plus registration link
Marie Hattar’s Blog: Single and Loving It

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New Global Customers Adopt Cisco Emerging Solutions Advisory Services

Developers and communities in Toronto, Canada, the Delhi Mumbai Industrial corridor in India, and the City of Guayaquil in Ecuador are now placing Cisco and its certified partners at the heart of their urban planning initiatives, adding to the company’s roster of global greenfield and brownfield Smart+Connected Communities™ (S+CC) projects.

As competition between cities for talent, business, investment and tourism increases, city leaders see a growing role for technology to enable the development of communities that champion social, environmental and economic sustainability. A Smart+Connected Community is designed with technology at the center to improve the efficient management of city operations, and the development and delivery of new services to citizens.

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