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Cisco beefs up Carrier Ethernet suite

Mon, 09/15/2008 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

Today Cisco announced the availability of new Carrier Ethernet innovations to its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) initiative.

Among the new innovations, Cisco doubled aggregation service capacity with a new Ethernet Series Plus 40G line card for the Cisco 7600 Series routers, of which more than 70,000 units have been deployed worldwide. The Cisco 7600 Series 40G line card delivers line-rate multicast and unicast, along with per-subscriber hierarchical quality of service (QoS). This doubles the Cisco 7600 Series Routers' rich-services capability and helps enable service providers to rapidly deploy new services.

This innovation extends the Cisco Internet Protocol over dense wavelength-division multiplexing (IPoDWDM) capability to the Cisco 7600 Series Router, enabling IPoDWDM in aggregation, at the edge and in the core of a service provider's IP NGN network. Cisco recently announced IPoDWDM enhancements to its CRS-1 Carrier Routing System and XR 12000 Series Routers.

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, while adding increased service delivery capability, investment protection, simplified operations and a green footprint. The Cisco ME 3400E Series, a next generation of the Cisco ME 3400 Carrier Ethernet Access Switches, is designed to enhance availability, flexibility, manageability and security for Ethernet business services.

Cisco rolled out a new cell-site router, the Cisco Mobile Wireless Router (MWR) 2941, which extends the Cisco mobile-transport-over-pseudowire (MToP) offering and supports the backhaul of IP radio-access network (RAN) traffic from the cell site over Carrier Ethernet.

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