3/30/00 Korea Thrunet Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) announced that it will deploy next-generation IP infrastructure using technology and equipment provided by Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, CA). The $48 million contract follows Korea Thrunet's certification last month as a Cisco Powered Network, providing integrated voice, video, and data traffic together with new broadband cable services and applications.
A key aspect of the Thrunet network expansion revolves around increasing capacity at its cable-TV interface. Cisco will supply nearly 500 Cisco uBR7246 Universal Broadband Routers as headend equipment on the expanded network, each interfacing with thousands of cable modems installed at businesses and homes within particular districts.
Korea Thrunet will also expand its nationwide network backbone to accommodate future bandwidth requirements by deploying ten additional Cisco 12000 GSRs that link key data centers across the country. Korea Thrunet has already deployed more than twenty Cisco 12000 GSRs on the backbone, which were installed in May 1999 as a part of the initial core network build-outs.