Cisco says new routing system will triple Internet speed
SAN JOSE, Calif, Mar 09, 2010 (San Jose Mercury News - McClatchy-Tribune News Service via COMTEX) -- In a heavily promoted announcement, Cisco Systems on Tuesday morning said it has developed a new high-speed routing system which it boasted will serve as "the foundation of the next-generation Internet." Cisco, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, said its new CRS-3 system has 12 times the capacity of competitors' systems and will allow Internet service providers and telecommunications companies to deliver video and other content at three times the speed of its own earlier system.
CEO John Chambers said the new equipment, which is already being used by AT&T in field tests, is key to Cisco's vision of a future where businesses and consumers communicate increasingly through Internet video, which requires much more routing capacity than simple text or still images.
"What you see is enabling a new generation of collaboration," Chambers said during a Web broadcast Tuesday morning. "The role of the Internet is changing forever. It will completely transform our work and how we interface with our family and others." Cisco said the new equipment has the capacity to deliver in four minutes every film ever made, or to allow every person in China to make a video call simultaneously. In practical terms, such heavy traffic could overload other components of existing networks, but Cisco said the equipment is a key element of upgrading those networks.
The announcement came after several days of speculation, in which some tech bloggers had suggested Cisco might be developing new consumer products such as a set-top TV box that would allow consumers to access the Internet and other services.
Cisco's stock rose more than 3.6 percent Monday in advance of the announcement, but shares fell slightly Tuesday morning.
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