CISCO/IP NGN/VIDEO . . . THE MOMENTUM CONTINUES
Video continues to drive demand, and Cisco continues to respond with solutions for service provider customers.
Neotel South Africa, majority owned by Tata Communications, has enhanced its IP NGN to offer new business services based on the Cisco Carrier Ethernet system. This upgrade is driven by increasing demand for sophisticated video, mobile and cloud services on a single network infrastructure.
In addition, Direct One, a data carrier building the first content delivery network in Romania, has deployed an IP NGN based on Cisco technology. The new infrastructure helps enable Direct One to offer a full range of data carrier services, including Ethernet and IP connectivity for the wholesale telecommunications market, as well as video content management and delivery services for the media and broadcast industry.
Also, Eastlink is deploying Cisco ASR 9000 series routers as the broadband aggregation platform to deliver ultra-high-speed Internet access throughout its Atlantic Canada footprint. Cisco CEO John Chambers recently said ASR 9000 revenue grew 740% year-over-year and 180% quarter to quarter. Also, the number of ASR customers, particularly large service providers, grew from about 45 in Q2 to approximately 100 in Q3. The use of video, collaboration tools and cloud-based services is driving increased adoption of EastLink’s faster-service tiers.
Expect these trends to continue. The annual Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, 2009-2014, projects that consumer broadband usage and global IP NGN traffic will continue to climb significantly due to the new forms of and expanded usage of interactive media and the explosion of video content across multiple devices.