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No Slowing for the Holidays

The end-of-year holiday season is traditionally positioned as a chance to slow down and re-charge, but Cisco’s industry-leading products for service providers didn’t get the memo.   Their momentum continued unabated.

Just two days before Christmas, Cisco announced that Dutch service provider KPN has chosen the Cisco CRS-3 multi-chassis carrier routing system, which will be deployed at the heart of KPN’s Internet peering network. The CRS-3 solution will transport all of KPN’s IP traffic to the Internet as part of KPN’s Internet Cluster Environment (ICE).

Not long before, Verizon announced that its IP network, one of the most advanced communications networks in the world, will be upgraded in the first half of 2012 with the Cisco CRS-3 to enable new services and meet growing traffic demands in several key U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.

As for the ASR 9000 edge routing system, Fibrenoire, a service provider offering Internet and private network services over an optical fiber network in Quebec and Ontario, has completed implementation of an end-to-end Cisco Carrier Ethernet System covering the Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto regions. Fibrenoire’s network is based on the ASR 9000.

Additionally, Next Communications, a Miami-based voice and video provider, has deployed Cisco technology for its IP Next-Generation Network. Integral to this will be deployment of the ASR 9000 and ASR 1000 routers for 100GE port capacity and greater resiliency.

And a couple of other interesting news items:

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Bringing Cisco’s Network Virtualization (nV) Technology to Mobile Networks

The Cisco ASR 9000 edge routing system has gone mobile.

Cisco announced that it is bringing its nV (Network Virtualization) technology to mobile networks and unveiled three powerful new platforms for the ASR 9000 family:

  • ASR 901 cell site router, a high-capacity, low-power router for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile cell sites;
  • ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router, a compact Ethernet access device for business, residential, and mobile applications; and
  • ASR 9901 small edge router, a smaller version of the ASR 9000 for low-capacity deployments.

Benefits include:

  • Simplified Network Operations: The ASR 9000 system uses Cisco nV (network virtualization) technology to lower operating costs by up to 69% and capital expense costs by up to 67% (when compared with competing edge platforms). 
  • Simplified IPv6 Migrations: Cisco delivers on its strategy of building IPv6 next-generation networks to simplify the design, deployment and management of services.
  • Simplified Service Management: Plug-and-play capabilities, singular point-of-service management using Cisco Prime, cost-effective configurations and ease of deployment reduce the need for costly on-site setup, support and maintenance, while providing hardware and software savings.

nV technology capabilities (unveiled June 7) now extend all the way to the access layer to help operators further optimize operations and maximize the cost benefits of virtualized infrastructures.  nV technology also provides topology-, place- and capability-agnostic resource consolidation and virtualization for simplified operations, increased network capacity and accelerated IPv6 services. Operators can deploy nV technology with a simple software upgrade.

These innovative solutions deliver on the promise of the Cisco MOVE (Monetization, Optimization, Video Experience) strategic framework, which helps operators better manage, enhance and profit from the rapidly growing volume of Internet traffic and the proliferation of connected devices.

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European, Russian Service Providers Put Confidence in Cisco Routing Platforms

 

Cable operators.   Mobile operators.  Fixed-line service providers.  MSOs.  It doesn’t make any difference . . . Operators of all types are showing strong confidence in Cisco’s service provider routing platforms.  

The most recent examples are Portuguese cable operator ZON Multimedia and Mobile TeleSystems in Russia. 

ZON Multimedia  has deployed the Cisco CGv6 to handle the transition of its Carrier Ethernet network to IPv6.  ZON has worked closely with Cisco to drive activation of IPv6 features in its access, aggregation and Internet peering networks to implement a transparent, end-to-end IPv6 infrastructure.

ZON’s infrastructure is based on a Cisco IP NGN architecture  using the Cisco ASR 9000 edge routing system as a point of convergence for all CMTS equipments such as the Cisco uBR10000 CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System) loaded with the latest-generation line cards.

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the leading telecommunications service provider in Russia and other CIS countries, has deployed the Cisco CRS-3 core routing platform to provide its rapidly growing audience of subscribers with high-quality Internet access despite the growing shortage of IPv4 addresses.

The Cisco carrier-grade Network  Address Translation (NAT) solution deployed by MTS makes it possible to connect new users by offering one address to several subscribers. The capability to extend the system to 80 million address translations will enable MTS to centralize Internet access for several regional mobile and fixed networks. In the initial phase, Cisco NAT has been installed in Siberia.  In future this technology will be implemented in all other regional subsidiaries across the country.

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Strong Momentum for Cisco ASR 9000 and CRS Platforms

Momentum continues to increase for Cisco’s ASR 9000 edge routing system and Carrier Routing System (CRS) core routing platform.  

Recently, of course, Cisco announced major advancements to the ASR 9000.  These will dramatically increase capabilities at the network edge and make it simpler for service providers to architect the next generation of the Internet to be more visual, mobile and virtual.  

In addition, Cisco has announced quite a number of ASR 9000 customers throughout the world:

In regard to the CRS, Cisco released figures showing significant momentum for the market-leading CRS-3, as well as announcing additional capabilities for the platform.  In less than a year since the product was launched, Cisco shipped CRS-3 units to more than 80 global service providers in more than 30 countries. Since 2004, Cisco CRS units have been shipped to more than 450 service providers in more than 80 countries. 

There have also been several public announcements of customer deployments for the CRS platform:

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