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 »
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.
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 »
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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One of the hot topics at Cisco Live 2011 last week was around the topic of IPv6 deployment and how to handling the exhaustion of IPv4 address space, both for Enterprise and Service Providers. Over fourteen sessions on the topic were covered, including such titles as How to Convince your Boss to Deploy IPv6, Cisco on Cisco: Making the Leap to IPv6, and IPv6 Planning, Deployment, and Operation Considerations. When it comes to IPv6 implementation, there is no “one size fits all” design, which is why the Cisco CGv6 solution is intended to preserve existing network infrastructure investments, prepare for the transition to IPv6, and enable companies to prosper in the new IPv6 environment.
In the second video of our series on the Service Provider Transition to IPv6 with Kelly Ahuja from Cisco and Roy Mota of ACG Communications, we hear perspectives from cable providers Comcast (USA) and Rogers (Canada) on how they are making the transformation to an IPv6 network. Or as John Brzozowski, Distinguished Engineer & Chief Architect for IPv6 at Comcast, notes “V6 matters to everybody…” that it’s an “…industry, internet community challenge that everyone has to face.”
One critical point that John makes is the need to make the transition seamless despite the huge number of moving parts in the network. This was a key reason for Cisco’s Carrier Grade Network Address Translation implementation, which provides the scale and performance required to offer a simple way to immediately deal with IPv4 address exhaustion issues. Equally important is that many customers aren’t expected to flash-cut over to IPv4. Instead, the transition time will likely take years to ensure that Internet end users are not adversely affected by the migration.
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