We had an excellent time in Las Vegas at Cisco Live 2011, despite outside temperatures breaking 100 degrees (38C) at times! While things were hot at the show, things were just as active on the customer momentum front for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series. We were able to announce two new customers that join the more than 500 customers of the platform worldwide: PCCW in Hong Kong and Polish Telecom (Telekomunikacja Polska, or TP Group). Despite their geographic distance, both operators share common challenges. Growth in video and mobile traffic is driving the need to each to add additional capacity -- as highlighted by our Visual Networking Index report -- yet competition from alternative providers makes it difficult to simply raise prices to pay for new networks.
In the case of Polish Telecom -- which also announced the deployment of the Cisco CRS-3 in the core -- the company sought to invest in a cost effective, robust and powerful broadband infrastructure that, as they proudly say, will help shape Poland’s economic and social future. The new network will support enhanced video, mobile, and cloud computing services. Mobility has been a huge growth area for TP. They’re the mobile market share leader in Poland under the Orange brand and have seen significant increases in smartphone penetration over the past 12 months by offering affordably priced Android-based handsets. This is driving up mobile Internet usage and the company is upgrading their mobile network to support faster data transmission with HSPA2+. On the wireline side, TP is rolling out VDSL “fiber to the curb” which will bring broadband speeds up to 40 Mb/s and higher, along with more video channels for their half-million plus TV subscribers . Ultimately this will result in better customer experiences, and hopefully for TP, lower churn and reduced operating costs.
On the other side of the globe, PCCW is the largest telecom operator in Hong Kong and the only one to offer a single carrier “quad-play” service package of voice, video, data, and mobile. The telecom market in Hong Kong is insanely competitive, with (as of April 2011) sixteen licensed local fixed carriers and affordable consumer broadband speeds up to one gigabit per second. Such an environment drives an extreme need for highly versatile, resilient, and scalable platforms that can provide both the large number of high speed Ethernet interfaces needed along with compelling economic performance for total cost of ownership. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series can deliver on all of these requirements.
At Cisco, we are proud to work with and now publicly announce PCCW and Polish Telecom to the “ASR 9000 Family”, and we look forward to the continued growth of these customers and sincerely appreciate the confidence they’ve placed in us.