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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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Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution Wins CSI “Best Monitoring or Network Management Solution”

CSI Awards 2009: Best monitoring or network management solutionThe Cisco Video Assurance Management Solution (VAMS) provides a modular, extensible fault management architecture helping transform service providers into experience providers. This standards-based solution enables real-time, centralized monitoring and management of multi-vendor, multi-technology, headend, backbone, regional, and aggregation networks for video services. One of the unique features of VAMS is that it provides a direct correlation between the video and IP network identifiers for each program/channel.

Our video reporter, Zoya Fallah, met with Asha Kalyur, Video Solutions Marketing Manager for Cisco Systems, to learn about the CSI Award presented at IBC 2009.

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Estimating Cable or Telco Network IP Traffic Growth

You may have heard or read that the current Cisco Visual Networking Index forecast projects that by 2013, annual global IP traffic will reach two-thirds of a zettabyte. But have you ever wondered what impact this IP traffic growth will have on your network?  How would the adoption rate of various residential broadband services affect your IP infrastructure? How would your IP traffic growth rate differ from your regional peers/competitors in North America, Western Europe, or Asia-Pac? And just for fun, if each megabyte of traffic on your network were a mile, how many trips around the moon could your network make?

Well, this data doesn’t need to be a mystery to you any longer. You can get answers to these and many other questions with the new Cisco Cable and Telco Service Provider Abstract Network (or CT-SPAN) modeling tool.  The Cisco CT-SPAN tool is a high-level interactive tool that allows you to estimate the total IP traffic that your cable or a telco network would generate based on a series of standard and user-defined criteria covering subscriber distribution and adoption of various residential services and applications over a six-year period.  There are seven regional versions to account for unique regional differences in network and application usage.

Cisco Cable and Telco Service Provider Abstract Network (or CT-SPAN) modeling tool

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