Momentum in the Edge
The Edge of the network is a major focus for our customers, the market as a whole, and certainly for us at Cisco. The ASR 9000 System is the leading Service Provider Edge router in all three cases, and admittedly, the system is on quite a roll.
In our June ASR 9000 blog, we announced to the market the newest innovations in the platform – nV technology and the ability to scale the system to a whopping 96 Tbps (more than 36 times the capabilities of the nearest competitive platform and enough bandwidth for man, woman, and child in Beijing, London and Moscow to watch a streamed High Definition movie simultaneously). Along with that news, we had the honor of announcing five new customers joining the 500+ strong ASR 9000 family — China Telecom, NTT Playa in Japan, Tata Communications in India, Fastweb in Italy, Cox and Comcast in the US.
In July, I wrote about “A Week in the Life of the ASR 9000 series” with PCCW in Hong Kong and Polish Telecom (Telekomunikacja Polska, or TP Group) joining the list of ASR 9000 customers, followed shortly thereafter by Texas Lone Star networks, from my home state, being added to the ASR 9000 roster. Last but certainly not least, North State Communications has deployed the ASR 9000 for their new fiber network in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region.
And today, in August, I am pleased to announce that the number of customers choosing the ASR 9000 is increasing yet again, this time by four new customers, spanning various geographic theaters and industry segments:
- Charter Communications, the fourth largest cable operator in the United States, is deploying both Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers and its sibling the Core, the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System, to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services to residential and commercial customers;
- 3 Scandinavia, a division of Hutchison 3G, is deploying Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to deliver 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, including faster mobile Internet and video throughout its converged Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN);
- Consolidated Communications, a provider of communications services, is deploying the ASR 9000 along with other has deployed the Cisco Carrier Ethernet Infrastructure to support new and upgraded services for many of its residential and business customers; and
- Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s largest cable operator, is deploying Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to aggregate and distribute enhanced video, data and voice services, and, in particular, the investment is driven by KD’s desire to expand the capabilities of its Premium TV (HD DVR, HD Pay TV, and Video on Demand) services to its 8.8 million customers
Such momentum is fortunately not just noticed by me but the market as a whole. ACG Research recently reported on Service Provider market share growth, and Synergy Research Group added their input on Cisco’s momentum to further distinguish Cisco’s leading position in this edge market over the past quarter.
Look for more insight and background into these new wins here over the next few weeks.
For all of those customers who have kept us quite busy this summer, thank you for putting your trust in us, welcome to the ASR 9000 family, and we look forward to taking the challenges and making the most of the opportunities the vibrant service provider industry has with you, together.