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Comcast taps Foundry in Portland

Sun, 11/02/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Comcast Cable said it selected Foundry Networks Inc. to provide switching and routing gear for a new high-speed network the MSO is building in Portland, Ore.

The new network will carry voice, video and data traffic for city and county government agencies in Portland and surrounding areas. Foundry said its Metro Ethernet platform will give Comcast a "cost-effective" upgrade path to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

In Portland, Comcast is using a combination of Foundry FastIron Layer 2/3 switches, NetIron metro routers and FAstIron edge switches to link "hundreds" of government offices, schools, universities, libraries, police and fire departments.

Comcast notes that the Foundry gear will also help the MSO in its efforts to begin IPv6 upgrades in "select portions" of its network within the next year.

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