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September 15, 2008
September 15, 2008

Cisco Announces Availability of Carrier Ethernet Innovations

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Cisco (News - Alert) has announced the availability of Carrier Ethernet solutions that help service providers offer a complete set of services for their customers' Connected Life at home, at work and on the move.

The Cisco Carrier Ethernet design represents key elements of Internet protocol next-generation network (Cisco IP NGN) architecture, enabling consistent service delivery that can be optimized to meet specific demands.
The most recent solutions consist of optimized business and consumer video services with new innovations for the Cisco 7600, 4500 and ME 3400 Series. According to the company, it has doubled aggregation service capacity with a new Ethernet Series Plus 40G line card for the Cisco 7600 series routers.
The Cisco 7600 series 40G line card delivers line-rate multicast and unicast along with per-subscriber hierarchical quality of service (QoS). Officials said that this doubles the Cisco 7600 series routers’ capability and enables service providers to deploy new services.
Officials said that this innovation extends the Cisco Internet protocol over dense wavelength-division multiplexing (IPoDWDM) capability to the Cisco 7600 Series Router. This enables IPoDWDM in aggregation, at the edge and in the core of a service provider's IP NGN network.
Recently, Cisco announced IPoDWDM enhancements to its CRS-1 Carrier Routing System and XR 12000 Series Routers. Additionally, Cisco also announced enhancements to two Ethernet access platforms.
The Cisco ME 4500 Series increases platform switching capacity by 2.5 times to a total of 160 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and increased its per-slot capacity four-fold to 24 Gbps. And, the Cisco ME 3400E Series is a next generation of the Cisco ME 3400 Carrier Ethernet access switches, designed to enhance manageability and security for Ethernet business services.
Officials said that these enhancements build on an already video-optimized Cisco IP NGN Carrier Ethernet design, which offers visual quality experience (VQE), video connection admission control (CAC) and video monitoring.
Cisco has also introduced a new cell-site router, the Cisco Mobile Wireless Router (MWR) 2941. This extends the Cisco mobile-transport-over-pseudowire (MToP) solution. In addition, it also supports the backhaul of IP radio-access network (RAN) traffic from the cell site over Carrier Ethernet.

Officials said that this new platform is a key component of the Cisco MToP solution, which also includes the Cisco 7600 Series Router. It allows operators to backhaul 2G, 3G and evolving 4G mobile traffic from the cell site over Carrier Ethernet.
Cisco has also announced a network-availability service-level agreement (SLA) for its Carrier Ethernet solution based on a foundation of lifecycle support services.
Plus, the company said that Telenor (News - Alert) Sweden will use the Cisco 7600 Series 40G line cards to provide Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation services on the company's installed base of Cisco 7600 Series Routers.
“Cisco is giving us the ability to converge our networks, so we can deliver all services, for both consumer and business customers, over one common platform,” said
Lars-Åke Norling, head of networking at Telenor.
Cisco is a Diamond sponsor of Communications Developer Conference, the first and only IP Communications Developer event, collocated with INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO — the biggest and most comprehensive IP communications event of the year.   Visit Cisco at booth #120 in the exhibit hall. 

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi


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