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Cloud, MPLS-TP Key Topics at Upcoming MPLS World Congress

As the industry leader in MPLS and Carrier Ethernet, Cisco will have a strong presence at MPLS and Ethernet World Congress in Paris, France from February 7-10, 2012.

With the spotlight in the industry around cloud services, this year’s conference will focus on how MPLS as a technology can help enable and deliver cloud Read More »

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Measuring Cisco’s Ascendance in the Mobile Market

There is now dramatic evidence that Cisco’s focus on intelligent, efficient, end-to-end services via the IP network is transforming the mobile vendor landscape.  As mobile operators shift more of their expenditures from the RAN to the packet core to unleash innovative new services and to IP backhaul to more efficiently and economically offload data traffic, Cisco is becoming the vendor of choice.

Numbers Tell the Story

According to the Q3 2011 Worldwide Mobile IP Infrastructure report just published by ACG Research, mobile operators in large numbers are embracing the shift from radio-centric to IP-centric investments. That conclusion is based on these findings:

  • Quarterly segment revenue has nearly doubled in three years: Since 2008, the worldwide mobile IP infrastructure market (mobile IP backbone, mobile IP backhaul, and packet core) has gone from $550 million in the first quarter of 2008 to more than $1 billion in the third quarter of 2011
  • Brisk year-over-year growth: The total mobile IP infrastructure market grew 14% year over year -- Q3 2011 vs. Q3 2010. This includes 10% growth in infrastructure for mobile IP backbone, 10% growth in infrastructure for mobile IP backhaul routing and switching, and 20% growth in infrastructure for packet core (which includes Mobile Packet Core covering 2G and 3G and Evolved Packet Core covering 4G) Read More »

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Introducing Cisco’s Unified RAN Backhaul ASR Extension: Triple your performance, halve your operating cost

The “information superhighway” metaphor is more appropriate than ever for mobile networks today. There are increasingly more and different types of traffic, drivers, and vehicles. And the focus on speed, cost, and efficiency in mobile backhaul is akin to moving more cars through freeway on-ramps and exits faster and with less overhead.

As outlined by Cisco’s Next-Generation Internet architecture, Cisco is working to optimize the service provider roadway with innovative and cost-effective solutions like the new ASR 9000 System.  And just as a better car can offer an improved experience, better safety, and more miles-per-gallon, Cisco’s Unified RAN Backhaul solution provides greater performance, reliability, scale, and power efficiency. Read More »

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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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Texas Lone Star Network Deploys the ASR 9000 for State-wide Services

Although well known for oil and cattle, Texas is home to many high technology companies (including the Cisco campus of yours truly), and is the largest clean energy (wind) producer in the USA. It’s also got a booming economy that needs advanced telecommunications services to all parts of the state. 

TLSN connects Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers with 10G optical wavelengths enabled in the Cisco DWDM backbone network

To that point, we recently talked with the team at Texas Lone Star Network (TLSN). Located just 50 miles northwest of  the capital of Austin, TLSN operates a Cisco DWDM fiber network spanning over 3000 route miles offering wavelength, Ethernet, and SONET services to its 39 consortium company members, national carriers, wireless carriers, regional cable TV operators, colleges and the federal government. Earlier in the year they made the decision to upgrade their network with a deployment of Cisco’s ASR 9000 Series routers.

TLSN has connected the new ASR 9000 routers with 10G optical wavelengths enabled in the Cisco DWDM backbone network. The enhanced network provides them the foundation for new, revenue generating services, including cloud computing, cell backhaul, and IP/MPLS virtual private networks. In particular, cell backhaul is expected to be a growth area because of the number of 4G deployments going on in Texas right now.

“With the rapid growth in customer demand for higher capacity , driven especially by video, mobile, and high speed data services, we had to scale our network, but we had to also watch our operational expenses. Leveraging our new Carrier Ethernet platform we’re able to offer new services cost effectively to our member companies and customers  to ensure that technologies such as telemedicine and distance learning are available to any community in the state. Plus, with our Texas-wide footprint we can offer both a wide range of highly available services coupled with a unique footprint that other providers can’t match.”
Brad Seymour, General Manager, TLSN

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