Cisco touts optical wins at GlobalComm

June 7, 2006 San Jose -- Cisco Systems announced three new optical wins this week at GlobalComm. MobiCom, a Mongolian mobile communications service provider, and Chunghwa Telecom, the international business arm of Taiwan's largest telecom carrier, have selected the company's ONS 15454 SDH multi-service provisioning platform (MSPP). The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, meanwhile, has deployed Cisco's ONS 15454 multi-service transport platform (MSTP).

June 7, 2006 San Jose -- Cisco Systems announced three new optical wins this week at GlobalComm. MobiCom, a Mongolian mobile communications service provider, and Chunghwa Telecom, the international business arm of Taiwan's largest telecom carrier, have selected the company's ONS 15454 SDH multi-service provisioning platform (MSPP). The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, meanwhile, has deployed Cisco's ONS 15454 multi-service transport platform (MSTP).

MobiCom

MobiCom, a Mongolian mobile communications service provider, has upgraded its Cisco Internet Protocol next-generation network (IP NGN) architecture by deploying Cisco's ONS15454 SDH Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP). The ONS 15454 enables MobiCom to increase revenues by converging its mobile and Internet traffic into a unified optical transport platform.

MobiCom was the first company in Mongolia to be granted a global system for mobile communications (GSM) license a decade ago. MobiCom also operates as an Internet service provider (ISP) known as MobiNet. The MobiNet service helps enable MobiCom end-users and large enterprise customers use mobile IP telephony and Internet service throughout the country of Mongolia, including the capital city of Ulaan Baatar.

"After careful review, we determined [the] transition to an optical network from Cisco Systems would be a more efficient way to offload the increasing amounts of IP traffic from our legacy switch core," reports Munkhbold Udval, director of Internet division, MobiCom Corporation. "The convergence of wireless and wireline services and devices enabled by upgrading our network presents a wonderful opportunity for MobiCom to expand its customer base and service portfolio."

MobiCom replaced its leased ATM WAN with Cisco's optical equipment, using the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH MSPP to provide the high-speed connectivity and scalability needed to meet an ever-increasing transport of IP traffic. MobiCom also is installing Cisco Transport Manager, an advanced network management system that will enable MobiCom to rapidly roll out and maintain revenue-generating, IP-based services, such as MobiNet.

Chunghwa Telecom

The international business arm of Taiwan's largest telecommunications company, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), also has selected Cisco's ONS 15454 MSPP to help propel its rapid expansion into overseas markets in Asia, Europe, and the United States. CHT also expects the Cisco optical networking equipment to enhance end-to-end management of its customers' networks and improve services to the increasing number of Taiwanese SPs and enterprises with global operations.

CHT has extended its coverage from six to 12 cities in Asia, Europe, and the United States after the deployment of the Cisco ONS15454. As a result, the CHT can provide service providers and enterprises with the bandwidth they require in different overseas markets for effective communications now and in the future.

The current project is part of CHT's initiative to embrace a Cisco Internet Protocol (IP) next-generation network (NGN) infrastructure. CHT will continue to rely on the IP NGN infrastructure as it ventures into more foreign markets in the future.

"Competition in Taiwan's telecom market has been increasingly intense after liberalization, and it is important for Chunghwa Telecom to expedite its expansion into overseas markets," contends Lin Jen Hon, president of Chinghwa Telecom's International Business Group. "We are a long-time user of Cisco solutions, which has given us an unparalleled edge in growing our business. Cisco's optical networking solution is high-performance, cost-effective, and easy to manage," he adds. "It will further help us maintain our leading status not only in Taiwan but also in overseas markets by providing better services to Taiwanese companies having offices in foreign countries."

In addition to its ONS 15454 MSPP, Cisco also is providing its 12000 Series Routers, 7600 Series Routers, and Cisco Transport Manager.

New Jersey Turnpike Authority

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has moved to optimize its network operations by deploying its first advanced optical network using the Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP. By installing the Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP platform in conjunction with the Cisco 3550, 4500 and 6500 Catalyst series switches, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has found that the Cisco intelligent DWDM equipment simplifies network maintenance, accelerates service delivery, and enhances safety for the 250 million vehicles that journey more than six billion miles on the turnpike's roads each year.

"Weather conditions this past winter, especially the nor'easter that hit us with record amounts of snow this past February 13, proved to be a formidable opponent for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority," recalls Michael Lapolla, executive director for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. "We were able to overcome those challenges and greatly increase the level of safety services to motorists traveling on our turnpike, due in large part to the upgrading of our legacy network infrastructure to an all-optical network."

"Deploying a Cisco ONS 15454 optical solution provided us with the most scalability and flexibility," adds Brian Gorman, director of technology for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. "With our new high-speed, high-bandwidth network, we were better equipped to support our operations with a wide variety of innovative services that help enable our network to handle the influx of traffic during peak times such as this past winter season."

One example of how the new network technologies allow the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to be more effective in ensuring motorist safety is through transmission of high-quality photos taken at various points on the roadways. Images are transmitted in real time to a statewide traffic operations center and monitored by representatives from the Turnpike Authority and other state agencies. This allows the Turnpike Authority to communicate timely information to news agencies and other information sources, and motorists and businesses that must travel or transport materials on turnpike roads can adjust their plans accordingly.

The network infrastructure improvements have had other benefits for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which can now work closer with other state agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the state police, says Gorman.

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