Cisco moves ahead with Next-Generation NetworkCisco is making waves at the GlobalComm 2006, the Telecommunications Association’s trade show in Chicago, announcing a series of initiatives designed to push forward its IP Next-Generation Network vision. Here is a summary of the announcements. For a fuller picture, go to News@Cisco’s media kit. The company made available a Cisco Intelligent Services Gateway (ISG) feature set on the Cisco 10000 and 7200 Series Routers, as well as the Cisco 7301 Router. The Cisco ISG simplifies the creation and improves the performance of advanced services delivered over Cisco IP NGNs. Cisco also enhanced the performance of the Cisco 10000 Series and Cisco 7200 Series Routers with new routing engines, the PRE-3 and NPE-G2, respectively, extending investment protection for these platforms.”Getting beyond incrementalism and truly transforming infrastructures requires providers to have subscriber management, policy enforcement, policy management and service assurance capabilities that are application, access and traffic-demand agnostic,” said Mark Seery, vice president for IP Service Infrastructure at Ovum-RHK. “The breadth of customers Cisco supports, and the architectural flexibility that requires, has resulted in the development of the Intelligent Services Gateway, an integral part of the Cisco Service Exchange Framework and a capability which sets a standard for other vendors to meet.”In the network convergence arena, Cisco unveiled enhancements to the Cisco 7600 Series routing portfolio to advance network intelligence, flexibility and return on investment for service providers and their Cisco IP NGNs. These innovations include a new integrated mesh Wireless Services Module (WiSM) for metropolitan Wi-Fi mesh aggregation to more efficiently deliver integrated fixed/mobile services, and multicast connection admission control (CAC) capability to manage bandwidth oversubscription for IPTV. The innovations also include an integrated video/IPTV quality-monitoring module to help ensure high-quality video service delivery, and Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance (OA&M) capabilities for improved service assurance. Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company, is actively supporting telco video efforts with both RF and IP video solutions. Highlights include IPTV headends, hubs and networks, MPEG-4 part 10/H.264 advanced video coding technology, advanced IPTV set-tops for end-to-end IP video streaming and integrated home networking technologies.