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ITU 2009: Day 1 Wrap Up & Highlights

Hello from Geneva! I just wanted to take a moment and wrap up Cisco’s 1st day at ITU 2009.

Highlights include news announcements, press interviews and an overview of the day’s top activities including the opening plenary, customer meetings, and the ITU Youth Forum.

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ITU 2009: John Chambers – Opening Plenary

John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, discusses the role of the Public Sector & Economic Recovery at the Opening Plenary -- ITU Geneva. ITU 2009 is bringing together hundreds of exhibitors from more than 40 countries with more 20,000 attendees from more than 140 countries worldwide. Cisco’s three focus areas this year are bridging the Digital Divide, Climate Change and Disaster Relief.

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Adding to the list of “Why TelePresence is better than air travel…”

Adding to the list of “Why TelePresence is better than air travel…”

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Cisco Awarded Two Diamond Awards from Broadband Gear Report

Broadband Gear Report -- an online publication that highlights new and innovative products in the cable industry has awarded Cisco with two diamond awards. Unlike many publications where magazine editors choose the winners, Broadband Gear Report assembles a judging panel made of cable engineers -- those who actually use the products.

Two Cisco products have been rated “4 diamonds” or higher by Broadband Gear Report: the 8642 next-generation set-top box, and the RFGW-10 universal edge QAM.

Broadband Gear Report - Diamond Awards 2009

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Carrier Ethernet and MPLS are on a Roll

speeding trainIn a recent report, Infonetics Research -- Carrier Ethernet market defying downturn, Principal Analyst Michael Howard stated that the “carrier Ethernet equipment market is forecast by Infonetics to top $32 billion in 2013, driven by the need to handle fast-growing traffic from consumer, business, and mobile backhaul networks, including skyrocketing video traffic.”

It all makes sense. As service providers transition from their existing TDM to Packet-based infrastructure, handle a tidal wave of new IP video-based services, and consolidate service specific networks, they are making a shift in their edge, aggregation, and access infrastructure investments. They are doing this because they need new equipment that can concurrently provide high capacity and performance as well as service flexibility and velocity without compromising operational efficiency and reliability.

As we heard over and over again at the 2009 Carrier Ethernet World Congress (CEWC), Carrier Ethernet infrastructure is composed of Ethernet/MPLS/DWDM and is an efficient way to carry  both IP and legacy traffic. MPLS has transformed “metro” Ethernet into “carrier” Ethernet by adding increased scalability, better QoS, higher security, protocol flexibility and improved resiliency.

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