Today Verizon announced that its IP network, one of the most advanced communications networks in the world, will be upgraded in the first half of 2012 with the Cisco CRS-3 to enable new services and meet growing traffic demands in several key U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.
Once deployed, the CRS-3 will enable more efficient and quicker access in delivering traffic to Verizon’s wireline and wireless consumers. The CRS platform is also critical for Verizon’s network evolution strategy to IPv6, the new Internet addressing system, by providing the flexibility to support the anticipated wave of IPv6 services while continuing to expand and sustain IPv4 services.
We are hearing more and more from our service provider customers that they need a more intelligent and robust foundation to support explosive traffic growth driven by video, mobile and cloud services. In fact, we recently announced in our Global Cloud Index that global data center traffic will grow 4-fold at a 33 percent CAGR to reach 4.8 zettabytes annually by 2015.
Verizon’s long-time relationship reinforces why Cisco remains No. 1 in the edge and core routing, as evidenced by recent market share reports, with Cisco gaining core routing market share in five straight quarters and edge routing market share three quarters in a row.