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Big News from South Africa (and no, not about that football tournament)

June 21, 2010 - 0 Comments

This month many people are reading fewer technology blogs such as SP360 but are focused on the World Cup news blogs such as this one. At Cisco we’re hoping that you’re also watching ESPN when they show player, coach, and analyst interviews using Cisco TelePresence (if you missed it, you can view this short entertaining video announcing our partnership with ESPN).

However, the World Cup isn’t the only big news coming out of South Africa right now. Last week we discussed recent innovations at the core and new innovations coming in other places in the network. Today we issued a press release with Neotel (part of the Tata Communications global network) – South Africa’s first converged communications network operator and Africa’s first Cisco TelePresence provider – announcing major enhancements to their Metro Ethernet network and to the Cisco Carrier Ethernet system. These enhancements are being driven by increasing customer demand for video, cloud, and wholesale services, trends that we’re also seeing validated in our latest Cisco Visual Networking Index data.

Neotel first announced their decision to choose the Cisco IP NGN Carrier Ethernet system for their network back in 2007, including the deployment of the Cisco 7600. One reason that Neotel has grown so quickly is that they weren’t just buying a set of platforms but actually a pre-tested, validated, and carefully documented end-to-end solution that could serve as the architectural foundation for their network able to deploy both initial and future services. Cisco’s IP NGN Carrier Ethernet system enables operators such as Neotel to offer TDM and packet services over a converged IP infrastructure and that can easily support future network requirements.

Other benefits for carriers which deploy the Cisco IP NGN Carrier Ethernet system include:

  • Operational simplicity by delivering all types of service over a single network infrastructure
  • Unparalleled customer experiences by integrating Cisco Visual Quality Experience technology and in-line video performance monitoring to ensure the delivery of media services.  
  • A network infrastructure that can scale profitably despite the massive growth in demand of bandwidth
  • Network management using the Cisco Carrier IP NGN Management Solution which simplifies services activation and assurance routines
  • Implementation flexibility, including (partial list): ASR 9000, 7600, ASR 1000, ME 3400E, and brand new ME3600X  and ME3800X so that providers can optimize their infrastructure to fit their specific scale and service requirements.

Last week we posed the question – “Are you ready to take advantage of new and emerging business opportunities?” With the new innovations in the IP NGN Carrier Ethernet system, we’re leading the way so that you can answer “Yes!

If you want to learn more, consider attending the Cisco Knowledge Network on-line workshop “Innovations in the Cisco IP NGN Carrier Ethernet System on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Follow the link to register and for more information.

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