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Cisco Continues Market Share Gains in Service Provider Routing

In my 15 years with Cisco, our company has never been more focused on innovation in our core business.

This renewed focus continues to pay off: Cisco has gained core routing market share in five straight quarters and edge routing market share three quarters in a row.

ACG’s 3Q11 market share report was just released, and Cisco remains No. 1 in the edge and core routing segments: Cisco gained 3.4 percent share in edge routing and 2.5 percent share in core routing (3.3 percent overall), quarter over quarter.

Backed by Cisco’s flagship core and edge routing platforms – the CRS-3 and ASR families – service providers around the world such as Charter Communication, China Telecom, Comcast, Cox Communications, Fastweb, NTT Plala and Tata Communications are building out the next-generation Internet and delivering innovative new services and experiences to their customers.

In addition to our market momentum, Cisco’s innovation engine is in high gear, with new breakthroughs such as nV (network virtualization) technology.  Cisco nV intelligently blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single ASR 9000 system, to deliver up to 70 percent operational expense savings, increase network capacity to an industry-leading 96 Tbps and accelerate IPv6 services.

Technologies like this are critical to delivering superior network capacity and a simpler way for our customers to enable the “Zettabyte Era.”  Consider that the total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple by 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year according to our research.   The projected increase of Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, which is greater than the total amount of Internet Protocol traffic generated globally in 2010.

We want to thank our customers around the world for their commitment to advancing the next-generation Internet.

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Charter’s Bob Hunt Talks with Cisco on their New Network

Yesterday we announced that Charter Communications, a leading broadband communications and entertainment provider and the 4th largest cable company in the United States selected the Cisco CRS-3 and ASR 9000 as part of a major network upgrade. This of course brings up the question our readers often ask – why? What is driving these investments? While we have our perspective (which we share regularly on the SP360 blog and other forums), it’s even better when we get the view directly from the customer.  To that end, we had the opportunity to  interview Bob Hunt, Charter’s VP of Network Engineering on Charter’s perspective on the network upgrade, the drivers, and the growth in DOCSIS 3.0 usage and the network efficiencies he’s forecasting. Read More »

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Cisco Extends Service Provider Routing Leadership

With service providers facing increasing competitive pressures, their technology suppliers must be loyal business partners who provide best-in-class products that deliver sustainable investment protection. Only Cisco delivers this level of value to the service provider industry.

Cisco’s R&D investment – more than five times that of our nearest service provider competitor – continues to pay off. In fact, just in the last week, we’ve seen noteworthy examples of how this long-term, consistent and persistent approach is gaining traction with global service providers, which are deploying Cisco’s flagship core and edge routing platforms, the CRS-3 and ASR families, in record numbers.

  • Four major service providers today announced that they have selected the Cisco ASR 9000 routing platform to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout their converged networks. Charter Communications and Consolidated Communications of the United States; Kabel Deutschland (KDG), the largest cable operator in Germany; and 3 Scandinavia in Denmark and Sweden, are all deploying the ASR 9000.
  • New analyst reports just out add further evidence of Cisco’s market leadership: I’m pleased to report that Cisco gained market share in service provider routing and switching in the second quarter of 2011, according to key reports issued this week by research firms Synergy and ACG Research. Cisco has gained core routing market share in four straight quarters and edge share two quarters in a row.

 

Behind every great technology lies a team of dedicated, focused, and talented engineers and developers. I want to thank each and every person who has contributed to the Cisco CRS and ASR platforms. Your effort and talent are making a major positive impact in the broadband service provider industry.

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Reliability Doesn’t Come Easy

Public Service Announcement: Call Before You Dig (or “10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts”)

At Cisco, we strive to provide the utmost in reliability and are particularly pleased with the market leading reliability we have with our IOS XR operating system on our ASR 9000 system and CRS routers.  Whether it’s video, mobility, broadband or voice, reliability is key for a good experience.  However, while we, at Cisco enable the experience, providers are the ones who deliver it – and in doing so, there are huge number of network heroes and heroines to make it happen. When it comes to fiber optic cable, someone somewhere actually has to go out and dig the trenches or hang the fibers, regardless of weather, critters, or angry land owners. This week on Lightreading.com, we saw an article worth sharing from our friends over at Level 3 Communications, “The 10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts.Read More »

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Addressing the Service Provider Transition to IPv6: Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (Part 3 of 4)

The transition to IPv6 presents a complex technical challenge, and the business risks for not doing it right are potentially significant, in terms of impact on customer retention and growth, new business models, and competitive edge.

In this third installation of the series, Kelly Ahuja of Cisco and Ray Mota of ACG focus on Service Provider strategies for the transition to IPv6. As Kelly mentions, the Cisco Carrier-Grade IPv6 Solution (CGv6) is designed to help address both technical and business challenges associated with the transition. The Cisco CGv6 portfolio of IPv6 solutions enables service providers to:

  • Preserve investments in IPv4 infrastructure, assets, and delivery models
  • Prepare for the smooth, incremental transition to IPv6 services that are interoperable with IPv4
  • Prosper through accelerated subscriber, device, and service growth that are enabled by the efficiencies that IPv6 can deliver

It’s important to emphasize the word solution. CGv6 solution is not just a line card, or a network appliance, or a software feature. Unlike other companies Cisco has the experience and expertise to help network operators realize the promise of IPv6 by offering full Life Cycle Services Support. This is especially important as not all operators have experience in IPv6 or access to this expertise. Cisco can provide the people, processes and tools to ensure a seamless transition. Some of the capabilities our advanced services team provides include:

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