November 30, 2005 Toronto, Canada -- Cisco Systems today announced that SaskTel, the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, is driving an expansion of its advanced services, including its MAX IP TV offering, by furthering developing its Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) platform featuring Cisco's CRS-1 carrier routing system and IOS XR software.
"As we continue development and rapid deployment of advanced services to our growing customer base, we look for technologies that will not only facilitate, but actually help us drive that growth," comments Kym Wittal, CTO of SaskTel. "The Cisco CRS-1 brings us carrier-class functionality, including the scalability, continuous system operation, and service flexibility we need to develop and deploy new services now and well into the future."
Cisco says its CRS-1 carrier-class routing system is designed to seamlessly scale up to 92 Tbits/sec, with advanced features and functions including continuous operation, IP service flexibility, scalability, multicast capability for digital broadcast video, and seamless optical integration. The company says such features are required to support advanced services such as digital broadcast video. The system also provides SaskTel with Cisco's I-Flex shared port adapters, which feature an extensible design that enables service prioritization for voice, video, and data services for intelligent networking. The modular port adapters and programmable interface processors are interchangeable across Cisco's carrier routing platforms.